2 years ago
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Can You Imagine A World Without Hunger?
Did you ever hear the stat that there is enough food in the USA alone to feed the whole world? Yet MILLIONS of people go hungry every night and people just don't seem to see how fucking ridiculous that is.
We have stores LOADED with food and people who are insane about expiration dates (most of which are totally made up by food companies to sell MORE food.) So what do you think happens to the thousands of tons of food that "expires"?
It gets thrown in the trash as kids down the street from that very store starve.
Not only does the food get thrown out, some businesses even throw blench on perfectly good food so no one can take the food from the dumpster. The police arrest dumpster divers for thief and minimum wage employees fear firing of an apple that is suppose to be thrown out anyway. We are making hunger a crime and normalizing human beings trying to survive by eating food from the trash.
And it is downright disgusting.
However, just recently, France unanimously passed a law that forces grocery stores to donate all food that would normally be thrown out to food charities to feed the homeless and hungry! Now it is legal AND MANDATORY for TONS (literally) of food to be used to feed the hungry instead of tossed in the trash and wasted.
Under this law storeowners can not purposely spoil food that can be donated, and will attend food waste prevention education classes to teach huge companies why having a smaller food waste footprint is important!!
I just have to say, while this is not a way to completely end word hunger, this law is definitely moving in the right direction. Hopefully more countries follow Frances example because the amount of food we are wasting every year can save millions of lives.

What do you think about Frances new law?

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yes.. I read about this last night.. is a good start for other country to follow.
2 years ago·Reply
I'm totally down for France's New law, hopefully there's also a clause in there in case someone tries to abuse the system. Especially here in the US people are quick to sue for any little thing but there are still some companies that donate food before they expire to local shelters/food banks. For a while I had a job at Wawa which is a convenience store/gas station & they do that :)
2 years ago·Reply
I really like that law. Now if only America would adopt this law.
2 years ago·Reply
I think its a good idea! They just need to make a law stating that they can't sue if someone gets sick by chance.
2 years ago·Reply
Yes, it's definitely a step in the right direction, but like @JackieMurrayCab said, it's not always in the hands of the markets at all. Government regulations and liability protection can make it very, very hard to do the right thing. When the government is constantly breathing down your neck, all you can think about is protecting your business, even if you really DO want to help people by giving away your surplus. It's really sad.
2 years ago·Reply