Case Studies

France and Sweden – Food waste reduction

Tags: Health and Environment

In February 2016, France enacted Loi Garot, a legislation designed to cut the national food waste in half by diverting 5 million tonnes of food surpluses from landfills by 2025. Its main tenet makes it illegal for supermarkets to dispose of food that is still perfectly safe for consumption; instead, they must donate unwanted food surpluses to organisations serving the underprivileged. Italy followed suit with a similar law in August 2016. The EU recently issued the Farm to Fork strategy to build a resilient, equitable, and healthy food system to become the global standard for sustainability. At the local level, non-profit organisations in countries such as Sweden and Denmark, among others, are aiming to reduce food waste locally and redistribute food resources to vulnerable groups in the community. Rude Food Malmö is the first Swedish, rescued-food based catering service that collects food such as dayold bread, spotty bananas, and bruised apples, and sells them as part of its catering service, as well as redistributes it to migrant and unhomed communities. A similar restaurant is Sopköket in Stockholm, which runs on 50 percent rescued food and offers employment opportunities to marginalised groups.

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