French law prohibits throwing away food in supermarkets

In 2015, France introduced a law banning supermarkets from throwing away unused food, with the aim of reducing food waste and increasing social awareness. Reducing food waste is important as it will contribute in reducing greenhouse emissions emerging from food production (methane emissions in landfills).

As a result of its efforts, France has become one of the European leaders in preventing food waste, earning a top ranking position in the 2017 Food Sustainability Index. However, other countries have a more successful history on preventing food waste such as Britain or Denmark. In fact, the law implemented in France is quite recent and only 11% of France’s 7.1 million metric tons of food waste comes from supermarkets, but still there are no comparable legislations in other countries that promote the reduce of food waste in a formal way.

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