Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has invited 2 members of Congress and 11 representatives from industry, nonprofit, and academia to discuss innovative solutions that address the United States’ $218 billion food waste problem. Spoiler Alert CEO Ricky Ashenfelter was among those invited to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s offices in Washington, D.C. He used the opportunity to share an entrepreneur’s perspective, as the only representative from a for-profit technology solution provider at the roundtable.
In addition to Secretary Perdue, the meeting was attended by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Congressman David Young (R-IA), who just last week co-launched the House Food Waste Caucus, which will look at ways to promote food waste reduction across the supply chain as well as help educate lawmakers on opportunities to support waste reduction. Spoiler Alert is working with the Greater Portland Council of Governments as part of a USDA grant to improve the local Maine food economy in Rep. Pingree’s home state.