Subsidies for Farmers to Donate Unsellable Produce to Food Banks
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The "Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015" under H.R. 644 was modified until the bill did not state the original purpose of the Incentive Act. This bill was created to prevent food waste and feed the people of America that do not have food. According to FDA standards, food items must look a certain way to be able be sold on the markets. However, this regulation causes many produce to be thrown out based on appearance only. There is nothing wrong with the produce except for its shape. Hence, farmers have a lot of leftover edible and fresh produce. I care about this bill because farmers do not make enough money to package their produce to give to food banks. Large quantities of food are being wasted and end up in landfills that can cause environmental hazards to surrounding communities. These landfills are releasing huge amounts of methane gas that contributes to global warming and degrades air quality in nearby communities. Instead of allowing the food go to waste, the incentive allows farmers to donate their food to starving families in America. The incentives for farmers allows them to reduce landfill sizes and feed people who need food. This change will give communities and the environment a safe and clean place to thrive in.
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