Have you ever seen the plight of the hungry up close and personally? Have you ever experienced true and prolonged hunger? My personal answer to the first question is “Yes” and thankfully my answer to the second question is “No”. As my family can tell you, I am not the most pleasant person to be around when my stomach is grumbly.
The truth is, while I have visited with people who have not eaten in days and do not know when their next meal will be, I really can’t imagine how it must feel both physically and mentally. All I know, is that I want to be a part of the solution to ending famine. This was one of my goals when I established Global Handmade Hope and Glory Projects. Ending hunger is one issue that lies behind each of the fair trade items we offer.
I was reading a Global Citizen article and was so thrilled to see France taking the “bull by the horns” as the saying goes. You see, France is the first country to ban supermarket food waste. Instead of throwing away or letting the food spoil, the stores have to give food that approaches the best-buy dates to charities and food banks. The law imposed contracts on super markets to levy fines or even carry imprisonment terms. I have seen documentaries on supermarket waste. These films exposed what is done to ensure that no one can eat the food. So, this article stopped me in my tracks and I stopped to read the story in its entirety.
Here are the numbers behind the story:
- 3 billion tons of food is wasted every year.
- Stores in France account for 11% of the country’s edible yet discarded food.
- A 15% increase in donated food will mean 10 million more meals per year.
This new law addresses not only the plight of the hungry, it also tackles the environmental problems caused by landfill emissions and runoff and the reduce the financial burdens occurred when disposing of food. It will improve diversity, nutritional quality and freshness of food. In a nutshell, WOW!!!
Cheers to France and I personally hope other countries will follow their lead.
Here's a quick peek at a couple of our fair trade items that help fight hunger.