Elemen'Terre: How we are wasting the world.

Elemen'Terre : There, I've sunk again ... So I'm a multi-recidivist in dumpster diving. Let me explain how we waste our world.

While I was going to see the doctor, Providence wanted me to find myself on a Wednesday morning, on the market square, with the impossibility of parking my car. After grumbling properly - although I know the difficulties of the markets - I left grumbling to go to the doctor. When I got out of the appointment, I finally decided to take a walk around this famous market. 

I was surprised to find damaged fruit and vegetables on the stalls, grouped together in buckets and offered at the unbeatable price of 1 euro. To top it all off, they were organic products: Leclerc and Carrefour can go and get dressed! I then seized the opportunity to do what I do best: "the dustbins". In saying this, I remember the faces of the high school students at the screening of the France 2 film. Indeed, remember that the adults of the shared flatmates Claire & François explained that they were doing the dustbins to collect food. Not that we want to catch a cold or eat mouldy food of dubious colour. For a long time, we have associated rummaging through bins with precariousness or with people not eating enough to eat. Times have changed, although this remains true today. In France, food waste represents 10 million tons a year. 1/3 of food is thrown away while 815 million people suffer from hunger in the world. Elemen'terre.

I remember a friend telling me that in ecology, everyone is sensitive to different subjects. If I had to become an activist and committed, 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. Elemen'terre.


So this morning, I saw these oranges, pomelos and grapes, damaged but edible. I took some of them, because I know that there are associations intervening in this market, like SolidariFood (I love you). Some students or people in need will come and get 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 brains and our vision of food have been modulated, and above all manipulated. Did you know that there was a law on the percentage of curvature of a cucumber? (Regulation EEC N° 1677/88 of the European Commission). Wouldn't they take us for gourds? It seems to me to be a bit of an elemen'terre, my dear.


So what should we do? How is God save the Green going to mobilise on this issue? Until Christmas, we're going to propose one recipe a week. A recipe based on 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 propose recipes, you choose one and you film yourself making it. There are already 4 of you who have already committed yourselves: thank you. 

At the end of the week, I am also going to share with you an interview with Julie who took part in the Citizen Convention for the Climate in Paris. She worked for the "food" category and she is going to explain how she felt after this experience. 

So, today with this grape I'm going to make a clafouti, with the oranges from the cakes, with the pomelos a salad. I'm going to try to think of those who can't eat enough and understand how lucky I am. But so that my approach is reasoned to the end, I will give half of the cakes made to the people in the street and to an isolated couple in my village. This is also what integral ecology is all about. 


So, are ecology and waste still as elemen'terre?

Love, pray, sow,
Camille for God save the Green.