France Leads the Way

One third of the world’s food is wasted every year. The US alone wasted 160 billion dollars in food in 2013. Government officials in France have pushed to pass a bill that would make it illegal for supermarkets to throw away food that is still edible. This law comes at a time where the country has vowed to reduce its food waste by 50 percent by the year 2020. Supermarkets, not only in France but in America and other countries, oftentimes exaggerate the expiration dates placed on certain food packages. For example, for food that is labeled to have a three week shelf life might actually be good for 6 weeks. Supermarkets & manufacturers exaggerate these dates in order to make the customers and consumers feel less worried that their food will go bad. What the French government has confirmed is that the unnecessary waste is costing the country more money than it is saving. People at The Aspire New Brunswick (apartmentguide.com) have learned that the country plans on laying out a specific production method for supermarkets to get rid of still edible food. If the food still has a decent expiration date but customers are nervous about its quality and markets can’t sell it, they are instructed to donate it to homeless shelters or give it to farmers for it to be used as animal feed.  Supermarkets who don’t comply or get caught throwing away still edible food will be charged anywhere from $860 to $1500 in fines respectively.