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France Tops Sustainability Charts For Reducing Food Waste

By Tessa Love

There are many reasons to romanticize France, and now there's one more: The land of cheese and wine is now leading the world in the battle to end food waste. 

This year, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation examined 34 countries to determine "how well countries advocate for and enact food waste policies, how well resources are used, and how health indicators perform throughout a population," according to Global Citizen. In the resulting Food Sustainability Index, France topped the list at number one. 

Some of this success can be attributed to the country's naturally sustainable agricultural practices and the healthy eating habits its population, but France has also been leading the way in food sustainability over the past few years. In 2015, France became the first country to ban edible food waste from markets, opting to have stores to donate food to charities instead. French farmers are also adapting to climate change with innovative and sustainable practices, and the government is protecting and promoting the growth of forests, which help soil and water quality.