Food waste is a national epidemic. Approximately 40 percent of food in the U.S. gets tossed out. It's is also an environmental issue: more than 97 percent of food waste ends up in landfills -- 33 million tons of food each year. Simply put, food waste is a problem.
What would you think of a law that clearly discriminates against rural Americans, lower income Americans, minorities and the elderly -- no chance of getting passed, right? Wrong. The Senate is poised to pass such a bill.
Since Secretary Vilsack invited me to join him at USDA as Under Secretary of Food and Nutrition Consumer Services (FNCS), not only have we helped to bring America back from the brink of a second economic depression, we have also worked to institutionalize more opportunities and pathways directed at helping states assist consumers and expand direct access to healthy and affordable food.
Unemployed people are getting kicked off food stamps for the wrong reasons.
Despite the industrial food complex spending hundreds of millions on lobbying against labeling, three states have responded to the call from their voters and passed labeling laws. Vermont's laws will require that companies start labeling by July, 2016.
Twenty-one percent of all the waste in landfills is food.
Tom Vilsack explains why young generations play such an important role when it comes to implementing change.
The implementation of the new standards has been accompanied by real concerns about food waste, and it will never be easy to decide just how much our nation is willing to spend on children's lunches. But renewing the child nutrition programs means supporting beautifully bipartisan goals.
Congress needs to re-up the National School Lunch Program but doesn't want to eat its veggies.
The wildfire season has already expanded by 78 days, and is expected to consume two-thirds of the agency budget in the next ten years.
The agriculture secretary wonders whether Walker is more concerned about poverty in Wisconsin or winning over Republican primary voters.