End waste, end hunger

A new bill has been proposed in Congress to help end hunger in the United States. The bill would offer incentives in the form of tax deducible donations to food banks. Farmers to big corporations would be eligible for the tax break if they donate extra food to food banks. This comes on the heels of a United Nations initiative to reduce international food waste and world hunger.

The United Nations found that 1.3 billion tons of food gets wasted. Nearly 300 million tons are wasted every year by first world countries, especially the United States. It is no just that food is being wasted but all the resources required to get the food to our plates is also being wasted. Cost of processing, transportation, and labor all become “thrown away” when we throw out our extra food.

The United Nation’s campaign is titled “Think, Eat, Save“. The United States calls their national effort “Fighting Hunger Incentive Act”.

The UN's "Think, Eat, Save" Campaign's logo
The UN’s “Think, Eat, Save” Campaign’s logo

While both the UN and United State’s are taking positive steps to fight hunger, I think the UN has the better idea. I see the UN’s efforts as a way to educate the world about the issue but also finds sponsors in major company and local farmers alike to support the cause for what it is. The United States is putting a monetary value on the needs of the hungry. The tax breaks in the United States could result in well over a billion dollars in lost revenue. If this is the case, where will the US government cut over a billion dollars in spending.

Cut the scraps! We need to become more responsible with our excess food. Photo from foodwastenetwork.org.uk
Cut the scraps! We need to become more responsible with our excess food.
Photo from foodwastenetwork.org.uk

While the United States is usually the model country when it comes to world issues and leadership, ending hunger is an issue the US should be in the passenger seat for. The US needs to stop wasting its time and food on the “Fighting Hunger Incentive Act” and join the fight to “Think, Eat, and Save”.

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