On October 16th events to raise awareness about reducing food waste will be held all over France. This “Anti-Gaspi” National Day, coincides with the World Food Day supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As a national event, the day is one of the commitments of a broader campaign launched by the French government last June the French National Pact Against Food Waste, to meet an ambitious goal: reducing food waste in France by 50 percent by 2025.

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©Cheick Saidou/Min.Agri.Fr

An average French individual throws away about 40 pounds of food every year. Fourteen pounds are untouched, often left in their packaging. Causes of waste often include a change of lifestyle, an inefficient commercial system, or excessive portion size of foods served in corporate or public cafeterias. These types of food waste could be easily avoided with simple everyday changes. Purchasing tailored quantities of food, paying attention to expiration dates, and eating leftovers are just a few solutions to reduce avoidable waste.

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©Cheick Saidou/Min.Agri.Fr – up to 4 slices of bread, be careful with food waste

The food industry also agreed to reduce its food waste. Farmers and markets will strengthen the reuse of unsold goods and will create partnerships with social associations to fight food waste. The agrofood industry agreed to reduce portion size and format to the consumer’s needs as well as raising consumer’s awareness on how to avoid food waste. Supermarkets, public and private catering, and local authorities also committed to improving their organization and communication in the fight against food waste.

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