25 May '15, 1pm

France forces big supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity

In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France has passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to give unsold food to charity, give it away as animal feed, or face fines of up to €75,000 ($82,324) and two years in jail. The law, which was passed unanimously by the French National Assembly, is part of a greater drive to halve the 7.1 million tonnes of food that is wasted in the nation each year—some of which is intentionally destroyed by retailers to prevent ‘dumpster diving’ by those in need.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/france-forces-big-supermarkets-to-do...

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