Supermarkets in France have been banned from throwing away or spoiling unsold food by law. The stores are now required to donate unwanted food to charities and food banks.
To stop foragers, some supermarkets have poured bleach over the discarded food or storing binned food in locked warehouses.
Courbevoie councillor Arash Derambarsh had started a petition to the French senate that the supermarkets should support their local food banks. This law was voted unanimously by the French senate and will apply to any supermarket with a footprint of 400 square metres or larger.
I wish that this campaign would spread further afield. If you’re in the UK, check out the brand new scheme FareShare FoodCloud to be piloted in Tesco stores to send unsold food that can be used to charities rather than be wasted. We’ve been part of the pilot in the New Forest and it’s been great to be able to use some of the food that previously would have been thrown away with children and young people in our local community.