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Hello BESTers,

A new report from the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) says 
that 40% of US food is wasted.  One NRDC blogger's solution is to follow 
the European example for the government to have greater involvement in 
reducing food waste.  The author claims that the last time the US 
government took a meaningful step towards reducing food waste was during 
the second World War.  This article outlines several recommendations for 
a greater governmental role in reducing food waste including studying 
where food waste is generated, setting goals, addressing date labeling 
confusion, incentivising food recovery, and improving public awareness.  
Increasing the role of government in the US always seems to be a touchy 
issue, particularly in this political climate.  Please share with the 
listserve any thoughts you have on whether food waste should be taken on 
by the government or should be left to the private sector and free 
market.

Have a great weekend,
Ryan

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dgunders/dear_government_food_waste_is.html

Dear Government: Food Waste is a Matter of Urgency. Please Take It 
Seriously.
NRDC Blog
Dana Gunder
September 7, 2012