Denmark is doing it.
Yes, and so should we …
We … what?
Have I tied you in knots?
Just keeping you on your toes (wink).
In all seriousness, though, Denmark started something good this year, and it’s called WeFood—the country’s first surplus food supermarket.
“In Denmark, 700,000 tons of food end up in the trash each year. At the same time, 795 million people suffer from hunger worldwide,” reports DanChurchAid, the hunger fighting non-profit behind WeFood. “WeFood sells goods that regular supermarkets can no longer sell due to overdue ‘best before’ dates, incorrect labels, or damaged packaging. The products found in WeFood are still edible and safe to consume, according to the Danish food legislation, but have simply lost their value to the partner donating them. WeFood’s range of products varies from day to day, depending on the donations on each particular day. It is mainly food products sold at a significant discount of 30 to 50 percent of the market price.”
DanChurchAid uses the proceeds from WeFood to combat famine in impoverished countries like South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh.
Learn more in this NPR “Food for Thought” article.