Elemen’Terre: There, I sank again… I am therefore a repeat offender in trash search. Let me explain to you how we waste our world.
While I had gone to see the doctor, Providence wanted me to find myself on a Wednesday morning, in the market place, with the impossibility of parking. After grumbling properly – although I know the difficulties of the market – I left grumpy to the doctor. Leaving the meeting, having reduced my annoyance, I finally decided to take a look at this famous market.
I was surprised to find damaged fruits and vegetables on the stalls, grouped together in buckets and offered at the unbeatable price of 1 euro. To top it off, they were organic products: Leclerc and Carrefour can go get dressed! I then seized the opportunity to do what I do best: “trash cans”. Saying this, I see the heads of high school students watching the France 2 film. Indeed, remember that the adults of the shared apartment Claire & François explained that they were going through the trash to collect food. Not that we want to catch the cold or eat moldy food of questionable color. For a long time, we have associated rummaging through garbage cans with precariousness or people not having enough to eat. Times have changed, but that is still true. In France, food waste represents 10 million tonnes per year. 1/3 of food is thrown away while 815 million people suffer from hunger in the world. Element’terre.
I remember a friend who told me that in ecology, everyone is sensitive to different subjects. If I had to campaign and get involved, it would be against food waste and for local and responsible consumption. Today, we produce food for 12 million people every day, whereas there are 8 million of us. And among us, there is not even equity in meals and food. Element’terre.
So this morning, I saw these damaged but edible oranges, pomelos and grapes. I took some, because I know that associations intervene in this market, such as SolidariFood (I love you). Some students or people in need will come to collect these products. What if we followed the example of these associations? When will it be possible for all producers and market gardeners to offer these ugly and damaged fruits at low prices? We too can change the way we consume. For years our brain and our vision of food has been modulated, and above all manipulated. Did you know there was a law about the percentage of a cucumber’s curvature? (EEC Regulation N° 1677/88 of the European Commission). Wouldn’t we be taken for pumpkins? It seems elemental to me, my dear.
So what to do? How will God save the Green mobilize on this subject? Until Christmas, we will be offering one cooking recipe per week. A recipe around a seasonal vegetable or fruit, forgotten or unloved, but above all a recipe with a zero-waste trend. It’s not me but YOU who can participate! I offer you recipes, you choose one and you film yourself making it. You are already 4 to have committed: thank you.
At the end of the week, I will also share with you the interview of Julie who participated in the Citizen Convention for the Climate in Paris. She worked for the “eating” category and she is going to explain to us her feelings following this experience.
So today I’m going to make a clafouti with these grapes, with the oranges cakes, with the pomelos a salad. I will try to think of those who cannot eat their fill understanding my luck. But for my approach to be reasoned to the end, I will give half of the cakes made to people on the street and to an isolated couple in my village. This is also integral ecology.
So, are ecology and waste still so basic?
Love, pray, sow,
Camille for God save the Green