Food Security

The Art of Sharing Food

Foodsharing.de has been fighting against food waste and helping those struggling to afford a meal since it began in 2012. The Germany-based Internet platform allows users to post information about their leftovers, whether it’s an unfinished birthday cake or extra slices of pizza, for others in the area to share. 

People share food. No money should exchange hands here, because sharing also has an ethical dimension. We want to reinstate the spiritual, non-material value of food, because it is more than just a commodity,
— Foodsharing.de

Originally beginning with individuals giving away their leftover food, the popularity of the platform has seen shops and bakeries jumping on board too, donating their unsold food at the end of the day.

Website co-founder Valenthin Thurn says food waste costs the European economy more than USD130 billion every year, a number that gets much bigger when we take into account the entire world. By encouraging people to share the food they can’t finish, less food gets set to landfills, where the decomposition that takes place contributes to climate change.

With over 40,000 members in around 200 German cities as well as growing support in other countries, foodsharing.de hopes that more and more people will understand the benefits of the sharing economy and recognize that we can all do our part to curb food waste.

For the love of food!

A post on France's conversation with food waste and what we can all learn from it.

France is home to more than just the language of love and the Eiffel Tower; the country passed a law earlier on this year that requires major supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. Since then, supermarkets with retail space of more than 400 square meters have signed contracts with charities to donate food that is approaching its best-before date.

The law passed unanimously after a similar but looser law a year ago failed to see the results the country wanted to achieve. Now, supermarkets caught throwing away food instead of donating it will receive a fine of up to 75,000 euros or two years in prison.

This is a welcome addition to the world’s fight against food waste and poverty. Sell-by dates are merely an estimate of when the food passes its peak taste and best appearance, and most food is perfectly safe to eat after this date. Reducing food waste means we can cut down on food manufacturing as a whole, a move that will also help curb climate change.

In a world where growing food waste raises alarm about climate change and millions go hungry everyday, it doesn’t seem right that France is the only country with a law like this. The good news is that Italy is in the process of passing a similar regulation, and hopefully this law in France – which began as a local grassroots campaign – will inspire the rest of the world to follow suit.

Image credits to @shawnyeo  , founder of @seedandsoilsg  - filled with beautiful reminders to mindfully appreciate what we take in from the earth and what we give back.

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