France Is Taking A Stand Against Hunger. What A Great Initiative!.France just took a stand against hunger and waste. French legislators passed a bill that will change the lives of hundreds of people, and set an example for the rest of the world. The bill aims to ban food waste in large supermarkets by forbidding the destruction of unsold food. The legislation was approved as part of the Loi Macron, a law that covers economic activity and equality in France.
According to the Guardian, the average French person discards up to 30kg of food a year.
Some food retailers deliberately spoil food with bleach while the homeless, poor and unemployed struggle to satisfy their hunger. Many homeless people venture into supermarket bins at night to feed themselves of products that have been discarded prior to their best-before dates. In order to prevent potential food poisoning by eating food from the trash, some supermarkets deliberately spoil products with bleach. According to the Guardian, “Of the 7.1m tons of food wasted in France each year, 67% is binned by consumers, 15% by restaurants and 11% by shops”. The food that is thrown away from supermarket shelves is generally fine for consumption, even if it isn’t up to the industry standard