Food on Plates or Continue to Waste

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There is a new bill making its rounds through Congress that is supposed to minimize food waste and help feed the hungry. It is being dubbed an anti-hunger bill, but many people do not think this bill should be passed. A bill that is supposed to try and end the hunger issue in our country sounds like it would be a great thing. Why is President Obama threatening to veto it? Could it possibly be so bad that it should not be passed?

The new bill proposes that instead of discarding produce that is not sold, corporations can offer this produce to food banks. The bill also proposes that whatever crops farmers cannot sell should also go to food banks. Produce from both locations would otherwise end up in a landfill, it would be logical to pass the bill. If you think about it, what good would it do the corporations and farmers to donate the produce they would just normally throw out anyway besides making them feel good about themselves? The bill offers corporations and farmers who donate their food a tax break for making these donations.

A tax break, for making food donations. If that’s the case why doesn’t the government offer a tax break for donating clothes or donating toys? That’s because it would cost the government money and ultimately raise the debt. If this bill were to pass, it would cost the nation $1.9 billion dollars. Our nation simply doesn’t have 1.9 billion dollars to pay out and it would just be added on to our national debt which grows increasingly higher by the day.

Why is President Obama threatening to veto a bill that seems so good? Our nation simply cannot afford it. People should not be donating for the money anyway, they should donate their food because it belongs on plates not in landfills.

For more information about food waste and how it is seen by school nutrition professionals, you can follow this link:
Insights from School Nutrition Professionals on Students’ Plate Waste

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For further information about the food waste in our country you can follow the following link:
The Food Not Eaten

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