One big cause of food waste is restaurants and grocery
stores throwing away left over food. The logical and ethical
choice would be to donate this food to local shelters and food
banks, but many businesses shy away from this due to liability
issues. A new law in Nevada now allows businesses to be immune to
these liabilities. It seems ridiculous that this problem is only
now being addressed and why every state hasn't passed similar
laws. It's truly a shame when perfectly edible food is thrown
away (even if it's to a digester) when there are people on our
streets going hungry, and all because of some obscene legal
issues. Let's hope other states follow suit with Nevada, and
allow businesses to donate their food without fear of liability.
Las Vegas Sun
"Law allows restaurants freedom to be charitable"
June 18th, 2009
Have a great weekend,