Food and Nutrition Security

Policy and Advocacy

133. Taking Action on Food Waste: Industry Innovation and Legislative Opportunities

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

A United States Department of Agriculture study recently estimated that nearly 150,000 tons of food are wasted every day in the United States. To that end, the Food Marketing Institute and its partners launched a new initiative to help consumers better understand product date wording and food safety, as well as an industry-wide Food Waste Reduction Alliance to reduce, safely reuse and recycle food waste. Increasing legislative efforts at the state and federal level show the growing interest in this issue and can help align efforts nationwide. Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic tracks these policy efforts and provides education and awareness to policymakers and advocates on these issues.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 8018 - Environmental, agricultural, and technologic influences on food systems
  • 4070 - Food security, hunger
  • 1080 - Legislation, public policy

Amanda Kruse, RD, CD

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Robyn Plotkin, RDN, LD

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Emily Broad Leib

Emiliy Broad Leib is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and and founding director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to connecting students with opportunities to assist clients with legal and policy questions regarding to the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing our food system. Broad Leib focuses her scholarship, teaching, and practice on finding solutions to today’s biggest food system issues, aiming to increase access to healthy foods, eliminate food waste, and reduce market barriers for small-scale and sustainable food producers. She has published scholarly articles in the Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Food & Drug Law Journal, and the Journal of Food Law & Policy, among others.

Broad Leib is recognized as a national leader in Food Law and Policy. She was named by Fortune and Food & Wine to their list of 2016's Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. The list highlights women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what the public eats and drinks. Her work also has been covered in such media outlets as The New York Times, CNN, CBS This Morning, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Politico, and the Washington Post. Broad Leib received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

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Andrew Harig

Andrew S. Harig currently serves as Senior Director, Sustainability, Tax & Trade, at the Food Marketing Institute. In this position, he is responsible for lobbying Congress and the Administration on behalf of FMI’s members, with a primary focus on sustainability, agriculture, taxes, trade and pensions.

Harig is the staff director for FMI’s Sustainability Executive Committee (SEC), which is comprised of 25 industry sustainability professionals. In this capacity, he also serves as the retail lead for the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a joint coalition of the Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and National Restaurant Association.

Prior to joining FMI, Harig was an associate trade advisor and speechwriter for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee under its Chairman, Max Baucus (D-MT). From 1999-2001, he was the senior research associate for the Global Economic Policy Project at the New America Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Harig started his public affairs career in Washington, DC as a research assistant at the Economic Strategy Institute, a non-partisan public policy research organization.

Harig holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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