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It Is Now Illegal For Supermarkets To Throw Away Food In France

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It Is Now Illegal For Supermarkets To Throw Away Food In France

The world now loses or wastes over a third of the food it produces, equating to a monetary value of USD 1 trillion annually. This is a shocking statistic when we consider how many people around the world are still going hungry every day. Food wastage also has a huge environmental impact contributing significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

France is attempting to do its bit to tackle the food waste epidemic by bringing in new legislation banning supermarkets from destroying, or throwing away food. The legislation requires them instead to donate it to charity or send it to be turned into animal feed, compost, or energy. Supermarket leaders could face heavy fines or even jail time if they fail to comply. Alongside this, France are bringing in an educational program in schools to teach kids about food wastage.

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In the US it is estimated that the equivalent of over 20 pounds of food per person per month is wasted. Some areas are trying to address this, such as in Seattle where both individuals and businesses can be fined if they are caught throwing food into the regular garbage rather than into recycling bins for composting. Additionally the US has legislation which encourages food donation, this includes tax incentives and the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. However there is clearly a long way to go – according to the National Resources Defense Council, US supermarkets throw out $15 billion worth of unsold fruits and vegetables alone each year.

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Jacques Creyssel, head of France’s main commerce and distribution federation is concerned about how supermarkets will cope the cost of implementing new procedures to meet the legislation, and is discussing the ramifications with members of the federation. Additionally, some charities have expressed concern about whether they will have the resources in place to swiftly distribute the food to those in need. It is likely though, if the legislation proves successful, other countries will consider following suit.

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Featured photo credit: Franse appelen in de supermarkt/Fred Inklaar via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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