State agriculture board discusses food waste

Issue Date: March 6, 2013

Ways to minimize food waste were scheduled for discussion before the California State Board of Food and Agriculture this week. The board said it is interested in how reducing food waste or loss can help to address food insecurity. The board was also scheduled to discuss food waste in the context of energy production and composting.

"There are opportunities at all stages of agricultural production and distribution to reduce food loss," state Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said. "We should continue to look at approaches and innovations that allow farmers and processors to minimize food loss, generate revenue and contribute back to our communities."

The president of the state board, Yolo County walnut grower Craig McNamara, said the board would discuss "key national partnerships that exist to address food waste and how these initiatives could be beneficial for California."

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