Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), received one of seven grants awarded for research projects aimed at confronting the challenge of climate change and accelerating clean-energy solutions. The Climate Change Solutions Fund was created by Harvard University’s President Drew Faust to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources and to propel innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world.
Emily and the FLPC team will use their award to further their research project Reducing Food Waste as a Key to Addressing Climate Change and continue addressing the global problem of food waste. They are identifying key legal and policy levers to reduce the emissions associated with food waste by investigating, amending, and enacting new polices ― such as tax incentives and liability protection ― that remove the barriers to food donation. They will also continue to raise awareness of the billions of pounds of food wasted because of confusion from misleading food expiration-date labeling, an issue first brought to light in a 2013 report released by the Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Forty percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten, according to Emily Broad Leib. “I’m thrilled that through this support we will have the opportunity to expand our work looking at creative ways that we can use law and policy changes to significantly reduce food waste and its harmful environmental impacts, while at the same time increasing food donations and improving food access,” Emily said.