The Atlas identifies and examines the legal issues most critical to food loss and waste and food donation across the world.
Confusing date labels on food products are a major driver of food waste and an obstacle to food donation. Laws should differentiate between quality- and safety-based labels to reduce unnecessary waste.
Clear, accessible guidance on food safety—specific to donated food—is necessary to encourage donation and protect public health.
Governments should establish food donation requirements or food waste deterrence laws that require that food is recovered and donated instead of going to waste.
National and local grants and incentives can scale food donation, especially in countries where tax benefits are insufficient or where limited infrastructure hinders food recovery.
Lack of clear or comprehensive legal protections can result in food donors discarding safe, surplus food instead of donating it to food recovery organizations.
Adopting a national food loss and waste or food donation framework can help governments advance food recovery efforts along the supply chain.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis and exacerbated rates of food insecurity, urgent and effective policy opportunities are needed to scale food recovery operations.
For food donors, fiscal barriers, such as high transportation and storage costs are a barrier to donating to food recovery organizations. Tax regimes can play a crucial role in discouraging or incentivizing donation.
The Atlas evaluates laws and policies across the most relevant issue areas relating to food donation and food loss and waste. Explore the map to compare and contrast existing legislation and learn from best practices around the world.
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