France became the first nation in the world to ban supermarkets from wasting food under a new law this month. Large grocery stores must now donate unsold food to charities, the Guardian reports, a move that will result in millions more meals for France’s needy. The law came on the heels of a grassroots movement by shoppers that aims to expand versions of France’s law to all of the European Union.
According to the USDA, approximately 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in a given year in the United States. Much of that comes from restaurants throwing out food that they didn’t get to sell each day. Food for All is a new app that lets users purchase those meals at a cheaper price before it gets thrown out.
Copia is an app that connects San Francisco Bay Area businesses to nonprofits that feed people in need. Komal Ahmad founded the company, which recovered 150,000 pounds of food and fed 130,000 people in September.
Small land area, big output.
Imagine you stop by the supermarket after a long day at work and buy three big bags of groceries for dinner. Then, on the way back to your car, you find the nearest trash can in the parking lot and throw away half a bag of groceries.
This year’s World Food Day has the theme “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.” Focusing on the food security-migration nexus is timely and warranted.
Among other threats targeting Mexico during his election campaign, US President Donald Trump harshly criticised the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 23-year-old tripartite deal that removed tariffs and significantly increased commerce between Canada, the United States and Mexico.
For years, Feedback has been investigating the supply chains of some of Europe’s largest retailers – what we’ve uncovered is shocking. We’ve met with farmers in the UK, Kenya, Guatemala, Peru and Senegal who have all been forced to waste food on their farms.
The Crawford Fund’s annual conference holds a key place in the development and food security calendar in Australia.
Keen to learn more about global food waste? Watch our founder, Tristram Stuart’s TED talk.