Ruth Ellen Brosseau Receives support of Arash Derambarsh for Her Bill

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OTTAWA – New Democrat Agriculture critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) has received the support of Arash Derambarsh – municipal councillor for “Les Républicaines” in Courbevoie, France. Derambarsh is the French politician whose campaign against food waste led to a law forcing French supermarkets to donate unwanted food to charities and food banks. Derambarsh has since taken his campaign to other parts of the world. He joins several other groups in support of the bill (Second Harvest, Escouade anti-gaspillage de l’Outaouais, les Moissons, Sauve ta bouffe, Friends of the Earth Quebec) and prominent researchers (Paul Van der Werf, Éric Ménard).

“I’m proud to join my friend Ruth Ellen Brosseau in her fight against food waste in Canada. In France and around the world, food waste is a serious problem with economic, social and environmental consequences,” said Derambarsh. “It’s urgent that the Canadian government enact legislation so that unwanted food is redistributed instead of thrown out.”

In 2015, people in Canada wasted over 31 billion dollars’ worth of food. Every day, unwanted food is thrown away instead of being redistributed to the 852,137 Canadians that visit food banks each month. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted every year, while 870 million people go hungry.

“It is a great pleasure to receive Derambarsh’s support,” said Brosseau. “This shows that the problem of wasted food is relevant and Justin Trudeau’s government must take immediate action to implement a strategy to combat this problem,” concluded Brosseau.   

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