Derambarsh is a judge and politician. He had an early interest in the food
waste issue, an issue which, thanks to the French food culture, has a high
level of involvement in France. When he managed to get 21,000 signatures for
his bill – which was to
legislate against food stores destroying and throwing edible food – the question was raised in the French
Parliament and in February 2016 the bill was passe. The food is now taken care
of by charity organizations or so-called food banks and helps people who
otherwise have gone hungry.
Derambarsh and his work are an excellent example that we can all influence on a
higher level than the individual. His focus is on changing attitudes and
raising the issue of unnecessary food waste to a social legal level. The French
law no longer allows the huge waste of resources that a non-circular food
supply entails, and there Arash Derambarsh is a key figure and example”, says
Emma Dalväg, jury chairman of the Win win Gothenburg Sustainability Award.
Calls on EU to do the same
Derambarsh himself rather focuses on the effect of the law than on his own part
in that it has gone through. The most important thing is that the law is of use
for those who need it, he says.
“It is a
great honor for me to receive this award, but as a person I am really
unimportant in the context. The important thing is the law against food waste
and that it will benefit those who should benefit from it: people living in
economic vulnerability, homelessness and without a social safety net.
I urge both
the EU and individual countries to introduce similar laws as those we now have
in France. Until today, we have saved 10 million meals, which, thanks to the
law, have been of benefit for charity organizations”, says Arash Derambarsh.
Gothenburg Sustainability Award is handed out on the Gothenburg Opera on
Text: Erik Krång
Picture: Eugenie de Lozada