NRDC Expert Blog
The 2018-2019 New York State Budget was finalized last week. Unfortunately, it did not include the Governor’s great proposal on food waste and as a result missed a huge opportunity to get healthy food to hungry New Yorkers and fight climate change.
Governor Cuomo’s 2019 budget proposal includes two promising initiatives to address critical food-related issues—one on food waste and one on school food.
2.5 million New Yorkers struggle to have enough to eat. At the same time, 40% of the food produced in this country is wasted—and here in New York, food makes up 18% of our municipal solid waste stream.
Today, the Urban School Food Alliance announced that three new school districts will join in its efforts to improve school food f
40% of food in America goes uneaten—it’s an almost unbelievable fact. Here in New York City, around 20% of our waste stream is food waste. For decades, this food waste has been sent to landfills where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas and large contributor to global warming.
This year’s New York State budget includes a huge victory for farmers and hunger advocates alike with the passage of the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit!