To decrease the billion tons of food thrown away every year worldwide, France is the first nation to make a move. The French senate has banned supermarkets larger than 400 square meters from dumping unsold food.
People who will be found guilty of not following the bill, should pay a penalty fine up to €75,000 (£58,000/$84,000), or may spend two years in jail.
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“Most importantly, because supermarkets will be obliged to sign a donation deal with charities, we’ll be able to increase the quality and diversity of food we get and distribute,” said Jacques Bailet, head of a network of French food banks called Banques Alimentaires, told The Guardian.
“In terms of nutritional balance, we currently have a deficit of meat and a lack of fruit and vegetables. This will hopefully allow us to push for those products.”
According to reports, France acquires about 7.1 million tonnes of waste food every year. 11 percent of the junks are from shops, which consists of 67 percent consumers, and 15 percent restaurants. Despite that, the bill would still definitely help decrease the amount of disposed goods. Thus, a great help for the planet.
Collection and storage of food wastes go to food banks and charities. There would also be centers where people must hand out the junks.
Politician Arash Derambarsh led the movement, which began as a petition. Derambarsh hopes the European Union will consider acquiring the same law so more countries will be able to manage their wasted food.
The law also forbids deliberately spoiling of food. Such as, supermarkets are not allowed to pour bleach on wasted food, or storing it in locked warehouses.