France Makes It Illegal For Supermarkets To Waste Food
The French — known for their complex and refined cuisine — obviously care deeply about ingredients. But the country is taking its love of food to a whole new level, by making sure none of it goes to waste.
In order to cut its food waste in half by 2025, France is making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away food, reports the Guardian. Instead, they must give it to charities or allow it to be turned into animal feed, compost or energy.
Right now, it's common practice for French supermarkets to deliberately spoil unsightly produce with bleach to discourage dumpster-diving. But as of July 2016, if a large supermarket does this, it will face fines up to $82,000.
This move to repurpose rather than toss mirrors a trend we're seeing here in the US, where progressive cities like Seattle have implemented the nation's first penalties for wasting food. Here in New York, chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill is revered for his food philosophy which includes using every bit (nose-to-tail and stem-to-seed) of what's plentiful instead of what's popular.
About a third of the world's food ends up in the trash; so hopefully we can all follow in France's footsteps.