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

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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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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