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It's time to end food waste in the US.

Each year, between 30-40% of all food in the US is lost or wasted. Organic waste is the number one item entering our landfills by volume and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire US airline industry.

The Zero Food Waste Act would support state and local governments and Native nations to develop a circular food economy, invest in community health and jobs, and curb greenhouse gas emissions. By leading here at home, the US can show the world how to invest in food systems where people and nature thrive.

Food is too valuable to throw away. We are calling on Congress to act now to reduce food loss and waste 50% by 2030. Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Zero Food Waste Act today.

Cosponsorship helps gather support for when the legislation goes to a vote. Check to see if your representative has already cosponsored this bill. [HOUSE]

This action is only open to US residents. Messages directly sent to Congress require all information fields to be filled out. We encourage you to personalize your message below, and let your representative know why this issue is important to you.

Dear Congress,

I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the Zero Food Waste Act to put the United States on a path to end food loss and waste. Introduced by Representatives Brownley (CA), Kuster (NH), and Pingree (ME)—and Senator Booker (NJ) in the Senate—this effort will provide resources to states, Native nations, and local communities leading the way to transform our food system and end food waste.

40% of food in the US is lost or wasted. Organic waste is the number one item by volume entering our landfills and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire US airline industry, all while millions of Americans experience hunger.

As Congress considers how to confront the climate crisis and transition to a resilient, regenerative, and just society – tackling food waste must be part of the solution. In 2015, the US adopted a national goal of halving food loss and waste by 2030. The Zero Food Waste Act would establish an EPA program to partner with states, Native nations, and local communities to accelerate their efforts to invest in food waste prevention efforts and recycling infrastructure. Ultimately, keeping food out of landfills.

Specifically, the Zero Food Waste Act would support locally led efforts to establish:

1. Reduction roadmaps to understand local sources of food waste, develop reduction policies and programs, and create a plan for regular food waste measurement.

2. Food waste mitigation projects to implement new policies aimed at preventing food waste and rescuing safe and edible food; disincentivizing the landfilling and incineration of food waste; incentivizing composting and food recycling; creating new markets and demand for compost; or other projects that enable food waste prevention, rescue, and recycling.

3. Measurement of food waste over time to better identify, prevent, and manage food waste and measure results for people, nature, and the climate.

We need your help to pass this important legislation through Congress and give states, Native nations, and local communities the resources they need to end food waste.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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