My Rescue Bananas
Kevin Folta
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For a year now, French supermarkets have been obligated by law to donate all their unsold produce to charitable associations or face a €3750 ($4250) penalty for each infraction. Throwing perfectly good food away because “it doesn’t look good” is obscene. The figures I’ve seen state that 10 million meals have been served to persons in need in the first year, and this measure costs nothing to the state nor to taxpayers: the associations and their volunteers assume all costs of collecting and distributing the unwanted, “unsellable” food. A system any willing country can easily imitate.

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