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France to Force Big Supermarkets to Give Unsold Food to Charities

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GREAT NEWS!! French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed. French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles epidemic of waste


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Animae C (508)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 7:35 am
About time!
We have stores in Australia too, that would rather throw it away than give it to charity!
This MUST change everywhere!

T.Y. Evelyn

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 7:35 am
This is a major turn-around! It has been illegal up to now!

I hope they'll extend the principle to restaurants, too - because at present, cooked food may not be frozen ... so what is not consumed must be thrown out, while local families could benefit from a well cooked meal, and local groups would gladly collect the day's leftovers, & distribute to needy families.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 7:54 am
Actually, AniMae - it isn't really that stores would rather throw it away (although perhaps that would be the case under "free choice" ... some will think they love sales if the needy receive for free), but they weren't allowed to - and have to destroy in order to prove that these 'losses" are for real ...

I don't know the details of this new law - I hope that it has some allowance for declaring as losses, or "donations" in their accounts.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 10:10 am
I was so thrilled to learn this--only hope many countries+supermarket chains take notice+do the same eventually. thx Evelyn

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 3:08 pm
Fantastic news here out of France! Bravo! Yes, even if widely practiced already on a voluntary basis (e.g. here in many places, including restaurants), it should be law everywhere! Such a really SIMPLE measure yet with a great impact!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 11:16 pm
Shared on facebook and twittersphere.

A country with some sense. . .

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday May 24, 2015, 11:32 pm
Sometimes, Darren! But not always - not even often enough :>(

P A (117)
Monday May 25, 2015, 6:24 am
Hallelujah! God bless the legislators who voted for this and may the food be edible and help the poor - and may all other countries follow suit!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 25, 2015, 7:29 am
Thank goodness they finally did this! It seems only logical and the humane thing to do!

I have read that some supermarkets (here in France) were purposely POISONING the food they threw out, & putting up signs to warn people. I wonder if the law makes it a crime to continue to do so. It should! That was a monstrous practice.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday May 25, 2015, 9:46 am
I know that accounting systems/ law (& insurance) requires proof of bulk destruction to justify "losses" ...

There was a supermarket - in Marseille, I think - that for a while was selling at symbol prices the post "sell-by date" food, to families (had a branch specifically for needy families, or an arrangement with an NGO who ran it ... this was about 20 years ago!!) ... but something went wrong ... probably too many "clients" who weren't from the targetted "poor" .....

Sam E M (0)
Monday May 25, 2015, 10:40 am
Great news and an example every country should follow. :)

Janis K (129)
Monday May 25, 2015, 12:22 pm
Good news.

M B (62)
Monday May 25, 2015, 4:12 pm
I wish supermarkets would do the same over here, but instead, they sell nearly expired food - 50 % and throw unsold stuff away - sometimes they make consumers pay a higher price on certain items and that extra money goes to the food banks.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 25, 2015, 5:28 pm
Just saw this in the Guardian & am really surprised, as I didn't know that one man was behind a campaign to get the law passed:

Monday 25 May 2015 - "Man who forced French supermarkets to donate food wants to take law global" - "Arash Derambarsh, a local councillor who kickstarted fight against food waste in his Paris suburb, wants to convince more countries to follow France’s example" @

"A councillor whose campaign against food waste led to a law forcing French supermarkets to donate unwanted food to charity has set his sights on getting similar legislation passed globally.

"Arash Derambarsh said it was “scandalous and absurd” that food is wasted and in some cases deliberately spoiled while the homeless, poor and unemployed go hungry.

"Derambarsh – a municipal councillor for the “Divers Droit” (diverse right) in Courbevoie, north-west of Paris – persuaded French MPs to adopt the regulation after a petition gained more than 200,000 signatures and celebrity support in just four months.

" The amendment was approved as part of a wider law – the Loi Macron – that covers economic activity and equality in France and is expected to be passed by the national assembly on Tuesday, entering the statute books shortly afterwards.

"It will bar supermarkets from throwing away food approaching best-before dates and deliberately POISONING products with BLEACH to stop them being retrieved by people foraging through bins. .../... "

Ashlyn J (3)
Monday May 25, 2015, 10:17 pm
Great news!! Hoping other countries will be encouraged to do the same!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 4:34 am
This is the way to treasure what we're given

Joy M (168)
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 4:26 pm
noted, great news, thank you.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 3:34 am
Good on the French. This week two Countries have made some major strides....Ireland that recognized same sex marriage and this with the French. Now lets hope more Countries follow their leads. I'm so tired of hungry people being forgotten or made to be less than, in the USA they are arresting people trying to feed the people, those sort of practices need to stop.

Ulane V (48)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 10:59 am
Good! So much food thrown away while many people go hungry.

Ben O (135)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 6:53 am
Good, to throw away food is insane!

IZA W (9)
Friday February 19, 2016, 4:26 am
The laws must change in order for this practice to become common place.
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