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Food anti-waste law, now we in Italy too have one that makes it easier to donate unsold food to shops, but not only. The turning point, with the yes of the Senate, came on 2 August 2016, let's mark this date because it could be the beginning of a new era, one in which "nothing is thrown away "is no longer a way of saying, but an attitude to adopt and to boast about.
If before it was sometimes necessary to do stunts materially and legally, for don't be wasteful, or reluctantly surrender to the impossibility of not throwing away what was still consumable but not salable, today the Anti-waste law allows us to truly be anti-waste citizens. Let's see what it is, crossing our fingers so that what is written and approved will soon translate into facts, good practices and tangible results.
Anti-waste Food Law: what it says
It is not easy to summarize one Anti-waste law so articulated but this time it is not because of useless quibbles but to face and try to resolve all those aspects that so far have put a spoke in the wheel for those who did not want to throw away what was good in their hands. And on the shelves.
Some very everyday examples to understand how this one Anti-waste law it can affect our lives as ordinary food-consuming citizens. Let's start from bread, daily food that most Italians love to madness: now it can certainly be donated within 24 hours of its production.
Another difference that the Anti-waste law it seems subtle but will have great consequences: finally the concept of expiration date and that of "Minimum conservation term" which is often indicated, in yoghurt as on many other packages of other foods, with the phrase that now seems a proverb "to be consumed preferably within". Another important achievement of the Anti-waste law it is the possibility of donating, once it has been verified that they are still good, even the confiscated products.
Food Waste Law: the path
As mentioned, we will celebrate the law against tricolor food waste every two August, its date of approval in the Senate which made it definitively, the first signatory of the proposal is the member of the Democratic Party Maria Chiara Gadda.
In its many articulations, to be looked at and studied calmly, this standard distances itself as an approach from others that have chosen different approaches with the same goal. If that of the French neighbors, in fact, wants to leverage penalties, we in Italy have chosen to draft one Food anti-waste law that encourages through incentives not to waste “still good stuff, it's a shame to throw it away”.
Often masters in the art of improvisation, this time we have not chosen this path, the text is in fact the result of over 15 years of experience and research, kept in mind and compared with the guidelines of National Plan for the Prevention of Food Waste (PINPAS) convened in Rome in the year before Expo Milano 2015, in 2014.
If the Legge Anti-waste, perfectible but rather complete, it can give us a moment of satisfaction, there is no need to spend too much time gloating, it is urgent that it be translated into clear and verifiable objectives. Another aspect that requires immediate action is that of waste prevention: every action that goes in this direction must be concretely favored.
Food Anti-waste Law: objective
Halve waste in a decade, if before the Anti-waste law this mission statement could have sounded like a cabaret joke, today it is an achievable goal. It is estimated that 7 million meals could be distributed every day, halving waste in 10 years, if only all public businesses in the country donate their surpluses.
That would be a recovered 20 meals a day, on average. A "greedy" estimate, confirmed by an expert in the recovery of food surpluses such as Gregorio Fogliani of the Onlus Qui Fondation, you can find him interviewed in the article: “Recovery of unsold food: the Meal Coupon initiative“.
Food Waste Law: stop bureaucracy
Changing things in Italy, in fact, must necessarily change from one stop to unnecessary bureaucracy. For example, the prior declaration to be made 5 days before delivery, a document that is no longer necessary. Thanks to Anti-waste law a transport document, or an equivalent document, is enough to render the traceable product, or an official summary at the end of the month, only if the donation has a value greater than 15,000 euros.
Remove these as others bureaucratic obstacles we expect it to be a way to ensure that the donation of surpluses quickly and forever becomes structural and, if possible, daily, by both businesses but also by supermarkets, restaurants and businesses, for example. Everyone can do their part.
Food anti-waste law for packaging
One aspect that is important has been included in the Antisprec Lawo Food is that of restaurant leftovers, recoverable thanks to intelligent and practical packaging and family bag. In some countries it even becomes trendy, we talk about the fashion of dog bag, of the family bag, or whatever you need, and it is good that this fashion also arrives in Italy.
There Anti-waste law it has done its part by allocating funds of one million each to two funds that will take care of their own innovative and anti-waste packaging and to sensitize restaurants and fast food restaurants about Family bags.
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