Florida Senate - 2021                            (NP)    SR 2034
       By Senator Farmer
       34-02869A-21                                          20212034__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution acknowledging the importance of
    3         conserving food and preventing food waste and
    4         recognizing April 5-9, 2021, as “Food Waste Prevention
    5         Week” in Florida.
    7         WHEREAS, despite the best efforts of advocates in our
    8  community, such as Farm Share, Feeding South Florida, Meals on
    9  Wheels, Pantry of Broward, Hunger Fight, United Way, South
   10  Florida Hunger Coalition, and many more, food is still wasted in
   11  this state and nationwide, and
   12         WHEREAS, each year up to 3 million tons of food is wasted
   13  in this state, while 1 in 5 Floridians lacks consistent access
   14  to nutritious food for an active and healthy life, and
   15         WHEREAS, all Floridians benefit from better utilization of
   16  food resources, and
   17         WHEREAS, with as much as 40 percent of food waste occurring
   18  in households, food waste prevention begins at home, and
   19         WHEREAS, it is estimated that a family of four spends up to
   20  $1,500 on uneaten food annually, and
   21         WHEREAS, K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning
   22  have a special role in educating the next generation on the
   23  importance of recovering and recycling food and reducing waste,
   24  and
   25         WHEREAS, Floridians have the opportunity to save shared
   26  resources like water, land, and energy which are used to produce
   27  and transport food that ultimately goes uneaten, and
   28         WHEREAS, food in landfills decomposes slowly, releasing
   29  methane, a greenhouse gas up to 30 times more potent than carbon
   30  dioxide, NOW, THEREFORE,
   32  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   34         That conserving food and preventing food waste are powerful
   35  strategies to save money, reduce hunger, and protect the
   36  environment in communities throughout this state, and that April
   37  5-9, 2021, is recognized as “Food Waste Prevention Week” in
   38  Florida.