For this month’s We Are the World Blogfest (WATWB) post, I am focusing on something that we can all relate to – food!
For those of us that have the luxury of going to a grocery store or supermarket to purchase our food, we may read or double check the expiration date on perishables and check the condition of our fruits and vegetables for cuts and bruises. One of the things that may not immediately come to mind is what happens to all of the food that is not purchased. The food that has passed its expiration date.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems we face, particularly in the developed world, is food waste. Even as millions of people are starving worldwide, there remain hundreds of billions of dollars of food wasted. In fact, it is estimated that one-third of the food produced for human consumption goes wasted every year – an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food!
This weekend, in the NPR article “French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food” shared how France has set an example in addressing the issue of food waste. In 2016, France made it illegal for grocery stores to throw away excess food. Instead, this food goes to food banks throughout the country, providing meals for those most in need.
The article calls for a similar change in the United States. A change that would not only reduce waste but assist in the issue of food insecurity and malnutrition that millions of Americans continue to face.
French Parliamentarian Guillaume Garot, who wrote the law, made the powerful statement that through this shift, “a supermarket is now seen as more than just a profit center. It’s a place where there has to be humanity”.