Man Who Started French Supermarket Waste Ban Wants to Take His Plan Global

Man Who Started French Supermarket Waste Ban Wants to Take His Plan Global
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Imagine how much waste we could save if supermarkets couldn’t throw out castoffs.

The newly passed amendment to ban waste from French supermarkets has been met with hearty approval in France, and now the man who Kickstarted the campaign to get this law passed is looking to take it global. Arash Derambarsh called throwing out food that could feed the hungry or be turned into compost “scandalous and absurd,” according to The Guardian. Although he (and most of France) is pleased that the amendment has passed, along with a wider law that covers inequality, his next step is to convince other European countries — and other places around the world — to pass similar legislation.

“I have been insulted and attacked and accused of being naive and idealistic, but I became a local councilor because I wanted to help people,” Derambarsh told The Guardian. “Perhaps it is naive to be concerned about other human beings, but I know what it is like to be hungry.”

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Derambarsh will present his idea with the help of the French charity One, founded by U2’s Bono, to the United Nations in September. The U.N. will likely be interested in the law, as they released statistics last year revealing that we waste 1.3 billion tons, or about one-third of all food, every year worldwide.