NASDA is committed to ensuring long-term stability and resilience in our nation’s food supply chain.
The impacts of COVID-19 have placed unprecedented strains on our food supply system. A precipitous drop in food service demand, the resulting surge in grocery sales and soaring food assistance needs have created challenges for producers and consumers alike. Resources and smart policies are needed to guard against an uneven COVID-19 recovery that harms our food system and rural communities. State departments of agriculture have proven their ability to effectively respond to the unique needs of food and agriculture producers in their communities.
In October 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative in a joint formal agreement. As part of the initiative, the agencies commit to work toward the national goal of reducing food loss and waste in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2030. This agreement, however, expired in 2020.