Our busy-body prima donna introduces the “Eat your vegetables” bill.
“Food is the single largest contributor to landfills today, and the sad truth is much of this food is tossed when it is perfectly good to eat and safe to consume,” Blumenthal said in a prepared statement. “Whether it is because a grocery store considers its produce ugly, a restaurant’s serving sizes are too large [this is ripe for new regulations dictating portion size, a la Bloomberg’s soda law], or a consumer was confused by its date label, this wasted food damages our environment and our pocketbooks.”The Food Recovery Act would:
Standardize confusing food date labels.
Encourage cafeterias to buy lower-price “ugly” fruits and vegetables, and educate students about food waste and recovery.
Create an Office of Food Recovery to coordinate federal efforts, and to require companies that contract with the federal government to donate surplus food to food banks and soup kitchens.
Direct the USDA to develop new technologies to increase the shelf life of fresh food, and establish a standard for how to estimate the amount of wasted food at the farm level.
Where to start? Every one of these “common sense regulations” will drive up the cost of food and increase tax payers’ burden, but how about the new “Office of Food Recovery”? That sounds like a rich new sinecure (sorry, EOS) to award hard working campaign staffers – you know, the people who stick up yard signs around town during election season but otherwise sit idle during the rest of the year? Get them off the senator’s payroll and onto the backs of taxpayers.
Directing cafeterias to purchase and serve unpopular, ugly-looking fruits and vegetables? How’d this sort of thing fare with MichelleO’Lunches? More waste, more expense buying foods people won’t eat. Plus, of course, another federally mandated curriculum item for the schools, lessons on “food waste and ‘recovery’ “.
“Encourage composting”? Who sets up and runs the program, which requires fleets of trucks, with attached high-pressure wash hoses, to clean containers pick up the food at commercial establishments and produces new breeding grounds for bugs and vermin in residences? Are cities really so flush these days that they can afford this?
I’d go on, but readers are complaining that my posts are getting too long. There’s nothing to like about this half-baked idea.