The French parliament has taken a step to cut food waste in half by 2025. With a unanimous vote, the national assembly voted to bar supermarkets from deliberately spoiling unsold food. Grocery stores 400 square meters or more must sign contracts by July next year, ensuring the food is donated to charities or for animal feed. The penalties to violators will strike at €75,000 and two years in jail.
According to Socialist deputy, Guillaume Garot, a former food minister and the man who proposed the bill, “it’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods.”
Yes, grocery stores have habitually doused food with bleach to keep it uneaten.
It’s sickening, sad and regurgitatingly capitalist to destroy your unused product in the eyes of those who need it.
The French parliament’s decision to redirect 3.5 million tons of food per year to hungry people is inspiring. I applaud their decision, which will also ensure that the supermarkets sort the edible food before they send it out, and not put an “unfair burden” on the recipients. The charities will supply their own trucks and refrigeration.
World food waste is a reality check, with a measured 1.3 billion tons of food being wasted every year. This move by a powerful government to curb the disease is awesome.
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