- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce food waste.

The Democrat says her proposal will help farms, retailers, restaurants and schools waste less food. She says it will also divert high-quality food to food banks and turn non-edible scraps into energy or compost.

Pingree says she formally submitted the bill earlier this week. The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1XSVrbd ) reports the bill would also standardize the “best by” date labeling that manufacturers use on food.

Pingree’s office says 40 percent of food produced in the country is wasted and uneaten food costs $161 billion annually.

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