Every year, people across the world throw out 1.3 billion metric tons of food. Safe, well-grown food is simply wasted. People in Denmark responded to this problem by setting up WeFood, a new non-profit grocery store that uses only food that has been thrown out by other grocery stores for having damaged packaging or being past its expiration date. As a result, food at WeFood is about 50% cheaper than at most stores.
The project has been part of a generally successful effort to reduce food waste in Denmark and other European nations. Amy X. Wang writes for Quartz:
Denmark as a whole has been doing a good job of cleaning up its act. The country throws away 25% less food than it did five years ago and many of its supermarkets sell food that is near its expiration date at reduced prices. Elsewhere in Europe, France has banned supermarkets from throwing away unsold food and is asking restaurants to provide take-out containers.