This article originally appeared and was published on AOL.com
Chances are, a decent percentage of families won’t eat everything in their shopping cart, and that food will end up in an landfill along with nearly 35 million tons of perfectly edible food Americans throw away every year.
According to French newspaper Le Monde, officials just passed a bill in the National Assembly requiring food retailers donate edible, unused food to charity or to facilities where it can be broken down and reused as compost or animal feed.
The move by France is being applauded by food and environmental organizations worldwide, and the French politicians are hoping other countries hop on board.
Given that Americans toss out 20-percent more food than we did just 15 years ago, maybe it’s time to throw our hat in the ring, and no more food in the trash.