New York Cracks Down on Food Waste

New York is the latest state to enact a law on food waste.  This month the state’s Excess Food Law goes into effect and requires grocery stores to donate surplus food to local charities.  Many grocery stores dispose of surplus food, particularly produce and perishable items.  The Excess Food Law requires that these foods be rerouted to a list of approved local charities.  It is estimated that about 50 million Americans suffer from food insecurity.  The law is designed to assist those experiencing food insecurity and is also a big step toward sustainability.  Currently, a handful of other states including California, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island restrict the amount of that goes into landfills.

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Posted on 29 June 2021