In the EU 89 million tons of edibles are thrown away every year – with tendency to rise.
A third of all produced edibles world-wide is never consumed. That means approximately 1.3 billion tons. According to Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) annual overall costs are about 400 million dollars. Due to a successful petition supermarkets in France henceforth will not and must not throw away unsold edibles. Now Tescos superstore – tertiary on world ranking – follows and challenges edible waste, too.
Who throws away edibles, wastes precious resources as water, energy and soil and not least
all the work so many people invested in production, processing and transport.
This actual simple idea already proved it’s worth: unsaleable edibles could be consumed by people who usually can’t afford them.
Table instead of bin
In France everything started up with a petition: „Stop au Gâchis Alimentaire en France“
211 278 supporters have been successful! France takes action against edible waste by establishing a law. Henceforth the wholesale is no longer allowed to throw away unsold edibles, the parliament decided only a month ago. Each French „disposes“ on average 20-30 kilos edibles annually. That comes up to 12-20 billion EUROs annually.
In the course of the Second Reading of energy transition law of environment minister Ségolène Royal representatives of the Parisian National Assembly of one voice agreed to the corresponding interdiction rules.
Supermarkets with a sales area bigger than 400 square meters in addition are obligated to conclude arrangements with charitable facilities to make edible donations easier.
Also products sold under the trader’s proper name and returned to supplier henceforth could be donated. Up to date they’re destroyed.
„In the beginning we were just a few people“ Arash Derambarsh commented his project. „We went out and distributed edibles. Then we got more and more and started that petition against that awful waste.“
Arash Derambarsh (elected in Courbevoie) and Mathieu Kassovitz (actor, director and producer) started the petition and challenged edible waste not only in France. They want unsold edibles distributed to needy people all over Europe.
We all face the economic crisis, many people are starving but unsold edibles are made inedible by using chlorine and thrown away.
This has to end right now and right they are!
So thought the French representatives, too, and passed a law.
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) 12. Juni 2015
The arrangements concluded by the National Assembly make part of a draft law to energy transition by environment minister Ségolène Royal.
In 2012, the socialistic government in Paris set as a goal to halve edible waste until 2025 and now there is really a brand new law.
Dermabarsh is jolly glad about that, „We have an outrageous and inacceptable waste of edibles in France! Everything they can’t sell is be thrown away and even more they are poisoning it with liquid chlorine so that really nobody can’t eat it any more.“
Tescos dealing with „aliment trash“ and redistribution to needy people
Food saving also in the UK: food giant Tescos has got a new system to avoid „aliment trash“ and to redistribute unsold edibles.
Tesco is the only supermarket who publishes „trash“ data.
Latest Tescos publication shows the amount of thrown-away edibles:
56 580 tons in 2013/2014
55 400 tons in 2014/2015
Mostly pastries, followed by fresh vegetables and fruit, then packaged goods like sandwiches or salads.
By using the FareShareFoodCloud app Tescos managers get data relating to quantity
of surplus edibles at the end of the day and hand this information to charitable organizations.
These organizations confirm the amount they will take, pick it up for free and distribute it.
Recipients are a plurality of charitable organizations as doss houses, women’s shelter and breakfast clubs for penalized children. FoodCloud supports with technology and know-how, developed in Ireland and FareShare brings Charity proficiency in redistributing and allocating edibles in the UK.
This growing network of organizations offer warm meals and edibles to people who suffer feeding poverty. Each organization is supported by FareShare to make sure they will be provided with surplus
This has already been working in Ireland and is going to be tested in 10 chain stores in the UK.
„Nobody should throw away aliments which could be eaten“, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said.
Tesco is a British, globally represented supermarket chain, the biggest in the UK and behind Walmart (USA) and Carrefour (France) third biggest world-wide, previous to Metro (Germany).
Tesco’s got 3146 chain stores in the UK and engages globally more than 530 000 employees.
Outside the UK, the giant is represented by 446 chain stores in Poland, 142 in Ireland, 136 in Slovakia, 376 in Czech Republik, 216 in Hungary, 200 (fresh & easy) in the US, 191 in Turkey, 520 in South Korea, 1433 (Tesco Lotus) in Thailand and 131 in China.
More than 50% of all edibles end as trash! Also the federal government has got big plans – they want to halve edible waste in Germany until 2020. Only a few policy steps have been taken so far.
Why does the German legislator publish only non-binding pleas whereas other European governments act?
A simple idea worked well:
Unsaleable food is distributed to people who can’t afford it. France and Tesco participate!
Enterprises in the Netherlands, the UK, in Denmark, Germany and the Ukraine are looking for solutions: A carrot juice factory uses the up to now rejected smaller carrots, smart designers exploit originally grown vegetables which are not accepted by the traders under the label „Culinary Misfits“, single supermarkets no longer place rummage sales to avoid that clients buy more than needed.
Cooks and farmers produce and process due to the maxim: „Feed the clients, not the bins!“
If the global consumer’s and producer’s samples continue until 2050, we’ll need 3 planets
Aliment trash not only threatens our economy but also the planet. USA is solely responsible to waste about 60 million tons of edibles each year.
Annually an estimated value of 162 billion Dollars is produced.
Globally a third of all produced edibles is not consumed – this comes up to 1.3 billion tons.
According to Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) annual overall costs are about 400 million dollars.
How many starving people could be fed?
Per person/year it comes up to 82 kilos edible trash.
This is composed of:
8% dairy products
6% meat and fish
This video comes to the point!
Germany seems to be anything but „front runners“ on some issues. Other EU member states such as France and Belgium, and now the supermarket chain Tesco have set a good example.