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French law forbids food waste by supermarkets


France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.

Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Charities will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat.

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets | World news | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/french-law-forbids-food-waste-by-supermarkets

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The law passed in the senate.... unanimously?! Wait, let me get my dictionary.

Meaning they all agreed.

Sounds like France joined the ugly food movement. 

https://pandawhale.com/post/69374/save-the-planet-eat-ugly-fruits-and-vegetables

What France did seemed like common sense, and was good reading. That every politician could agree on something threw me for a loop. Sad.

Don't worry, that would never happen in 'Merica... the unanimous passing of a bill, even if it were to give out a fast acting dissolvalble one time use cancer pill that costs $5 each to every citizen. It would get attached to other legislation and get tied up for years.

If only more people would listen to John Oliver about food waste. 

http://pandawhale.com/post/65559/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver-food-waste

And yeah in America it seems like nothing unanimously passes. 

I think all the major supermarket chains in the US donate to food banks... but the laws here are very strict about not allowing expired food to be donated. Because from a liability standpoint it's better for people to starve than eat a can of soup that is a couple days past its expiration date. And when it comes to FRESH old food, we can't deal at all. The government must protect hungry kids from the scourge of old eggs!

I didn't realize that, Joyce. It makes sense to figure out a way to allow for fresh old food.

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