The farm bill is an omnibus piece of federal legislation passed every five years, give or take.  The most recent farm bill, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”), was signed into law in December 2018.  The farm bill governs much of the federal food and farm policy in the nation, including […]

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act & State Laws with Enhanced Liability Protection By: Meredith Kaufman & Nicole Civita The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act is a federal law that provides civil and criminal protection for charitable food donations and distribution. The liability protection does not cover injury or death from […]

By: Nicole Civita A few years ago, as Director of the Food Recovery Project, I began voicing concern about ugly produce companies capitalizing on a manufactured cultural preference for perfection to the detriment of farmer who still get paid less for ‘ugly produce’ than their harvest is worth, in addition to ignoring the important question […]

On September 20, 2016, Cameron Caja, the founder of Razorback Food Recovery at the University of Arkansas, and Satoko Kato, a visiting assistant professor at the UA School of Law, participated as panelists at the Arkansas Recycling Coalition’s 26th Annual Conference and Trade Show. Titled “Food Recovery Roundtable,” Satoko introduced the Food Recovery Project and […]

In the United States, approximately 63 million tons of food is wasted every year. The natural resources used to produce that food, including water, fertilizer, and land, are also lost as a consequence of this alarming amount of waste. Furthermore, this wasted food typically ends up in landfills where, as it breaks down, it leads […]

Image courtesy of Flickr user frankieleon The celebration of a New Year is followed closely by the start of tax season. This year, and going forward, tax time will be a little less oppressive for food donors.  At the very end of 2015, Congress gave businesses that donate excess food inventory a reason to remain cheerful as […]

Our next installment in the Food Recovery Spotlight series takes us to the Bay Area where jam manufacturer Revive Foods makes its home.  In 2014, friends Zoe Wong and Kay Feker co-founded Revive Foods.  Wong and Feker are seeking to address the serious issue of food waste. The company name “Revive” speaks to the business purpose: give […]

FRP Director Nicole Civita just returned from a quick trip to Austin, Texas where she had the pleasure of presenting a lecture titled The Law of Food Recovery: Reducing Risk, Maximizing Benefit & Creating Culture at the Austin Zero Food Waste Forum. The Forum, a multi-day, multi-stakeholder event was designed to gather, educate, and generate productive […]

LL.M. Candidate Maranda White, who has supported the Food Recovery Project as a Graduate Assistant researcher during the 2014-15 academic year, joins us as guest blogger for a frank discussion of the other food-related waste stream — the one we rarely discuss in polite company: human excreta.   In Rebuilding the Foodshed, Philip Ackerman-Leist exposes […]

Throughout 2015, the Food Recovery Project will be blogging about innovators, entrepreneurs, and advocates on the front lines of the food recovery movement – forward thinking and creative activists who are fighting food waste and wholeheartedly embracing a food conservation ethos. Our first spotlight feature is Syd Mandelbaum, the founder of Rock and Wrap it […]