On Monday, December 28, the French government announced the creation of a food “anti-waste” label to encourage initiatives in the catering and distribution sectors. This new label will also aim to allow consumers to make more informed choices.
The extent of food waste in France
In addition to having catastrophic ecological consequences that no longer need to be demonstrated, food waste also has a significant social and economic impact.
Thus, the food wasted in France could be enough to feed 10 million people even though there are around 8 million people in need in the territory. Food waste would also cost 16 billion euros each year according to the Environment and Ecological Control Agency (ADEME). 240 euros per year and per person go up in smoke every year.
An ecological label for Christmas and good ecological resolutions for 2021
Christmas celebrations often go hand in hand with overly large meals, leading to increased food waste; according to an IPSOS survey 28% of French people admit wasting food during the end-of-year festivities. The period was therefore perfectly chosen to announce the creation of an “anti-food waste” ecological label and thus prove the government’s commitment to environmental issues.
A decree – adopted on Christmas Eve – accompanying the law of February 10, 2020 on the fight against waste and the circular economy (AGEC) allows the adoption of this label. The goal is to reduce food waste by 50% by 2025 (starting from 2015). The detailed conditions for the benefit, validation and control of this label will be given in 2021.