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French Parliament Writes an Important Law for France’s Food System

Requires 40% of food to be locally sourced

by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:

France’s National Assembly (upper chamber of Parliament) wants to make local food an imperative with a law that requires 40% of all food served in ‘collective restaurants’ to be sourced locally.

This means that France’s school cafeterias, senior living communities, prisons, and other state institutions, as well as local pubs and restaurants, will rely on their local growers instead of on the often GMO-contaminated imports from the U.S., India, Canada, Mexico, and others. The proposal will need to be approved by the lower chamber (Senate) before it becomes law.

Besides being locally sourced, the food must be organically grown, in season, and certified ecologically sustainable. No more herbicide-laden salad greens or GMO potatoes.

Some Definitions Still Being Hammered Out

The law doesn’t specify an exact definition of ‘locally grown’ just yet. Different recommendations will be given depending on the product and its usual geographical origin. Local fruits and vegetables will likely be those coming from within a 30-kilometer (ca. 19-mile) radius of the dining establishment. Foods such as meat and grains that need more processing before consumption will likely be given a 100-kilometer (ca. 63-mile) source radius.

Some cities are already well ahead of the proposed law. St. Etienne in central eastern France is already serving 100% organic food at its institutions.

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