Praise Government-Mandated Donation of Unsold Food


Target: M. Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate

Goal: Praise new law that requires supermarkets to donate unsold edible food to charity.

All unsold, edible food products from supermarkets in France will now be donated to charities and farms thanks to a new law. The measure passed unanimously through the French Assembly and also explicitly bans the practice of intentionally spoiling unsold food so that it cannot be eaten. This wonderful new law is a huge step toward eliminating food waste as well as public hunger, and the French Assembly is deserving of thanks and praise.

The ultimate aim of this law is to reduce the amount of food waste that France produces. It is estimated that the average French person throws away 40-60 pounds of food per year and supermarkets throw away astronomically more. One French Senator is quoted as saying, “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods.” This law will not only help to cut those numbers down, it will feed the needy and go a long way toward reducing France’s carbon emissions in the process. The law also offers up large penalties for companies that drag their feet in setting up connections with charities, ranging from fines to jail time.

This law will do wonders to help all French people and could do even more good if it were instituted in the United States as well. Estimates show that about 40 percent of the food produced or imported into the United States never gets eaten. Please sign here to laud this wonderful piece of legislation and encourage other countries to establish similar laws.


Dear M. Larcher,

I am writing to personally thank you for your Assembly’s new legislation that forces supermarkets to donate their unsold food to charities and farms. The fact that they were ever allowed to intentionally spoil food that could have gone to help the needy is despicable, but you have brought that to an end. I understand that the intention of this bill is also to reduce the amount of food waste that France produces. As you know, the average French person wastes 40-60 pounds of food per year, leaving one in awe of how much supermarkets must waste. This problem is not unique to France; in the United States, estimates say that nearly 40 percent of all food is never consumed.

It has been a long time since such an unequivocally good law has been passed by any nation. In one stroke, you have cut down on waste, fed the poor, and put your country in place to reduce its carbon emissions. I am writing not only to thank you, but to beg you to spread this idea as far and wide as you possibly can. Other nations could benefit greatly from a law like this and when nations benefit, billions can be lifted on the tide.


[Your Name Here]

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