Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced the Food Recovery Act, the first-ever proposed federal legislation on food waste, in 2015.
For the congresswoman leading the fight for better laws around food waste, using up leftovers was just a way of life.
“I come from New England, home of Yankee thrift,” Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) told The Huffington Post. “Wasting food wasn’t even a concept. But I realized, once I grew up, that this wasn’t the case for most Americans.”
In December, Pingree introduced the Food Recovery Act and the Food Date Labeling Act in the House ― the first-ever congressional bills on the issue. The legislation takes an expansive view of food waste, with provisions on everything from farm waste to imperfect produce to more extensive USDA research.