New laws aim to reduce food waste in New Jersey

RAVEN SANTANA / NJTV NEWS – With one in 10 residents in New Jersey facing food insecurity, more than 20 pounds of food per person per month are wasted, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“If we saved what we threw out, 15% of our food, we could feed 25 more million people a year,” said New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher. “Food waste can be sort of labeled by sector. Food loss includes agriculture, production and harvest, so that’s on one side — and processing. But then on the other side it goes to distribution, retail, restaurants, catering and domestic consumption.” …

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