A Frenchman has succeeded in enforcing supermarkets to no longer be able to waste or destroy food, and instead to redistribute unwanted food to those in need. And he wants the world to follow suit.
Arash Derambarsh, who decided to go into local politics to fight for this cause, said that it was “scandalous and absurd” that food was wasted and spoiled when people were going hungry.
Derambarsh had the support of a petition with more than 200, 000 signatures and celebrities to convince French MPs to adopt the regulation of food waste. The amendment is expected to be approved as part of a law that governs equality in France this Tuesday.
Now Derambarsh has his eyes on getting the rest of Europe, and the world on board with the initiative. Because as he told the Guardian,
“Food is the basis of life, it is an elementary factor in our existence.”
There can’t be equality when people are going hungry.
To achieve this Derambarsh will table the issue, via Bono’s campaign group ONE, at the United Nations Millennium development goals conference in September, the G20 economic summit in Turkey in November, and an environment conference in Paris in December.
Currently 7.1 million tonnes of food is wasted in France each year. In Australia 8 billion dollars worth of food is thrown out each year.