'They Collected What Was Left of the Scraps': Food Surplus as an Opportunity and Its Legal Incentives

Trento Law and Technology Research Group - Research Paper No. 13

44 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2013

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Francesco Planchenstainer

Agrisystem - Doctoral School on the Agro-Food System

Date Written: February 20, 2013

Abstract

For many years the problem of food security has been addressed only in relation to developing countries, due to the fact that people in developed nations had a relatively abundant supply of food. This is not anymore true both because of the economic crisis and an increasing demand of food at the global level. Therefore, food surplus in the food chain both at the production level and at household consumption could become a resource. In this respect, legal rules (e.g., the Good Samaritan Act in the United States) may provide incentives to economic agents for recovering food surplus. This paper examines in a comparative way legal remedies provided by United States and European Union to address food surplus. Some suggestions are provided to further improve the systems as well.

Keywords: Food surplus, Food waste, Good Samaritan Act, Food security

JEL Classification: Q18, K13, K32, I18, I30

Suggested Citation

Planchenstainer, Francesco, 'They Collected What Was Left of the Scraps': Food Surplus as an Opportunity and Its Legal Incentives (February 20, 2013). Trento Law and Technology Research Group - Research Paper No. 13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2221709

Francesco Planchenstainer (Contact Author)

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