Zero Waste Food Act of 2021

Thanks to David P. Hott from NCRA Board of Directors for this information:

Newly introduced in Congress, the Zero Food Waste Act would establish local programs in communities like ours that invest in preventing food waste and keeping it out of landfills. Food is too valuable to waste, and we need to take action now. Join me and World Wildlife Fund, and ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the Zero Waste Food Act.

The Zero Waste Food Act of 2021 achieves at least these goals:

  • gets food into the hands of the food insecure
  • gets compostable organics out of landfills, thereby reducing methane

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Why Isn’t Everyone Composting Yet?

Read this 3-part deep dive by Time Dewey-Mattia, Education Manager at Napa Recycling & Waste Services and NCRA Board Member.

Former NCRA President Arthur R Boone recently posed a question to Dewey-Mattia via email on “Why the conversion of the yard debris green cart into the full-service organics cart has stumbled badly in getting rolled out? Would love to understand all that resistance better.” Here is their correspondence and what both thought would be valuable to share with other interested parties.

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Composting the Beaten Path Way…

Check out this amazing Zero Waste Gainesville interview of Stephan Barron of Beaten Path Composting a weekly food scrap pickup business in Gainesville, FL. Barron talks about the advantages of compost for soil health and how he has made it into a thriving local business, all while balancing sustainability, living wage and environment.

… Stephan Barron and a good friend originally began composting for a few restaurants in downtown Gainesville to feed the community garden they were operating. He rapidly realized “that innovative, natural crop-growing could alter the current unsustainable food system that exists in our cities.” This philosophy ultimately evolved into a business as Stephan “grasped how economics and ecology worked together.” Stephan envisions a food production system “that is decentralized, where the wealth and material created would be distributed equitably and locally, instead of winding up in the hands of investors who do not even live here.” []

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No Pumpkin Pie?

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has retired from hosting a fantastic NPR radio show called Splendid Table. However, episode 570 from Thanksgiving, November 2014 offered some information about hunger. About 16 minutes into the episode, Lynne spoke with Author Elizabeth Royte on her (then) new book Garbage Land.

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