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Israel approves law that restaurants donate leftover food to the poor


Combating food waste It is one of the wars being waged right now in the world of catering and food sales.

A war which has many fronts.

For example, we have countless apps phones that allow restaurants, shops and homes sell at prices hiperreducidos prepared dishes or perishable foods that have failed to sell or consume at the end of the day. It is the case Food Cowboy, No Food Wasted, Food Cloud, Too Good To Go (which just landed in Spain), Not a Miga O Waste Not.

Despite the good intentions of ideas, the effect of these programs continues to be reduced, because it depends entirely on the willingness of individuals to participate in such initiatives.

On the other hand, some restaurants and markets have specific policies regarding how to proceed with foods that have not found out at the end of the day. These own policies are disparate and often do not align with the needs of society.

A) Yes, in neighborhoods inhabited by low-income families, we see no consensual approach between the various supermarket chains. While some reduced prices on products approaching its expiration date, other items to donate food banks. Even the need to keep the items on the shelves until they are no longer fit for consumption and then forced to throw them in containers. The latter behavior results in what English has agreed to call dumpster diving; that is to say, diving landfill.

To prevent the poorest, the helpless, the homeless and beggars suffer the social stigma attached to dive into dumpsters to find an edible portion is necessary to offer society a series of legal mechanisms and institutional structures that protect food donation.

Nevertheless, legislation in this respect is absent.

In February 2016 France became the first country to impose donating leftover food to supermarkets by law. The law also established the deterrent mechanisms that would prevent emerging rogue promote rot unsold items to evade social obligations contracted, as well as fines of amounts not inconsiderable (3750 infringement euros) that would eventually spur new model.

Through this measure, France has managed to offer 10 million meals each year more its poorest.

And he has been getting best position in the qualifying list 2017 Food Sustainability Index organized by The Economist y Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN).

That is why it is no wonder that the success story of France has been closely followed by other countries.

from EE. UU., Jonathan Bloom, author American Wasteland, flatters the efforts of the Gallic country: "Making it illegal to throw food to supermarkets has a large magnitude. That legislative step has affected all levels of the food chain in France ».

In Denmark, US and UK have promoted similar actions, but they have never been backed by law. Why they have never had the effect that wished.

Now Israel joins the fight against food waste, but instead of acting on grocery stores, the new law affects restaurants.

As the saying goes, when you see your neighbor's beard wet, put yours to soak; both being very similar business in which the treated product refers, was a matter of time restrictions that apply to supermarkets began to appear in restaurants.

The law was approved on Monday 22 October at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, after it had been motivated by the main opposition party, ःAmjné ःatshioni, led by Hilik Bar, Uri Maklev and deputy party Degel HaTorah.

The law states that people who dealt restaurants or food will be exempted from any civil liability for the poor state of food as long as they have followed to the letter the guidelines stated that there are. This is an aspect of crucial importance because it is one of the main reasons why not end curdling donating leftovers widespread.

This should not be misleading, Donated products will be perfectly edible, and will seek, almost always, food trays and menus emplatados not reached even leave the kitchen.

The approval of the law is important for Maklev: "It will revolutionize the issue of food destruction hotels, restaurants, Party rooms, services of catering, etc., food will now people in need ".

Eight years have been necessary for germ law came to fruition. A story that has gladdened Hilik Bar understands that the new legislation will help meet the demands of food donations that were experiencing in Israel for more than a decade.

Bar it expected to save as a 12 million tonnes of food wasted every year. He pokes and a major blow to the ongoing battle problem for more sustainable food.

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Article by the editorial team of DiegoCoquillat.com. It has professionals both in the field of hospitality, gastronomy and tourism, and new technologies and innovation.


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