Billions of tonnes of food go to waste yearly, and with that, Italy introduces a law to order food businesses to donate unsold food to charities instead of just throwing them away. Also, the country is looking at cutting garbage collection tax to businesses who will comply with the law. The bill received massive support from all the political parties in the country due to its environmental, economic, and moral benefits.
Italy cashes out more than $13 billion USD (around Php 660 trillion) on waste management, and passing this bill as a law may help them cut out expenses. The government wanted to recover expenses on excess food reaching to 1 billion tonnes in 2016, which increased by 550 million tonnes last year.
Other European countries are willing to join the initiative, too. France imposes fine for businesses who would throw away excess food. Some hardcore supporters of the movement from the Danes would prefer to purchase from stores that would sell ‘food waste’ rather than on regular grocery stores. Chefs all over the world are also trying to break the stigma by cooking dishes using excess food.
Calling it ‘food waste’ doesn’t necessarily mean that they are leftovers or inedible. Perfectly fine food such as those with mislabeled packaging, has a ripped label, or a tear on the box are considered food waste. Bruised and misshapen fruits and vegetables go to the dump also, which are all fine to eat.
Giving away food to charities will lessen food waste and will help in waste management in Italy, eventually in the whole Europe, and hopefully, in the whole world.