Showing posts with label Waste. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Waste. Show all posts

May 28, 2015

France’s Supermarket Waste Law Should Be the World’s Priority

This is the man responsible for France’s Supermarket waste law

Last week the French national assembly voted to ban French supermarkets from throwing away edible food. Now, the politician spearheading the movement to stop food waste in France wants other countries to follow suit.

Arash Derambarsh, a councilor in northwest Paris, told the Guardianthat he hopes to spark a revolution in which the global population stops throwing away a third of the food it produces, and starts using it to feed the hungry.

He recalled what it was like to go hungry as a struggling student in Paris, he said. His campaign began with saving and distributing food from a local supermarket, and grew into a petition with over 200,000 signatures—and then the change in French law.

He now wants to bring the issue to the attention of the G20 economic summit, to be held in Turkey in November, and the COP21 environment conference in Paris in December, he told the paper.

Here are some statistics he’ll likely cite:

  • Of all the food produced globally, 1.3 billion tons is wasted. That’s a third of the total grown, reared, and harvested, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • North America and Oceania waste the most food (pdf), almost 300 kilograms (660 pounds) per person per year. Europe comes second, and industrialized Asia third.
  • In Europe, the UK is the most wasteful nation, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, and France.
  • Around the world, 842 million people (pdf, p.36) still go hungry, around 12% of the global population in 2014.
  • Cassie Werber

October 10, 2012

Army Says No MORE Tanks, Got Enough } GOP Control Congress Says You Are Getting Them

 I guess congress knows more about fighting with tanks than the Army. The same story is in all the services.  They are made to swallow things they don’t want. They know that their budgets might be cut and they want the equipment that makes them be what they are trying to be, that is mean and lean.  The biggest tank that we make and the most costlier  of all is not going to help them with that mandate.  So we’ll have 2,000 of the Abrams Tanks sitting in the hot sun in the dessert. We spend  $8.58 Million a piece! We'r Talking Billions and that is just the army.   

Congress do not want to break their promises to the private companies that build for the pentagon, they do not want to loose their commissions in the form of trips, dinners and gains in the stock market with their stock on the military building complex. But cutting on Medicare because it cost too much, that’s no problem Education? Their kids go to the finest schools, what more education you need? Below I picked up real fresh report coming in from CNN.

By Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
HERLONG, California (CNN) - If you need an example of why it is hard to cut the budget in Washington look no further than this Army depot in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada range.
CNN was allowed rare access to what amounts to a parking lot for more than 2,000 M-1 Abrams tanks. Here, about an hour's drive north of Reno, Nevada, the tanks have been collecting dust in the hot California desert because of a tiff between the Army and Congress.
The U.S. has more than enough combat tanks in the field to meet the nation's defense needs - so there's no sense in making repairs to these now, the Army's chief of staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told Congress earlier this year.
If the Pentagon holds off repairing, refurbishing or making new tanks for three years until new technologies are developed, the Army says it can save taxpayers as much as $3 billion.

That may seem like a lot of money, but it's a tiny sacrifice for a Defense Department that will cut $500 billion from its budget over the next decade and may be forced to cut a further $500 billion if a deficit cutting deal is not reached by Congress.
Why is this a big deal? For one, the U.S. hasn't stopped producing tanks since before World War II, according to lawmakers.
Plus, from its point of view the Army would prefer to decide what it needs and doesn't need to keep America strong while making tough economic cuts elsewhere.
"When a relatively conservative institution like the U.S. military, which doesn't like to take risks because risks get people killed, says it has enough tanks, I think generally civilians should be inclined to believe them," said Travis Sharp a fellow at the defense think tank, New American Security.
But guess which group of civilians isn't inclined to agree with the generals on this point?
To be exact, 173 House members - Democrats and Republicans - sent a letter April 20 to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, urging him to continue supporting their decision to produce more tanks.
That's right. Lawmakers who frequently and loudly proclaim that presidents should listen to generals when it comes to battlefield decisions are refusing to take its own advice.
If the U.S. pauses tank production and refurbishment it will hurt the nation's industrial economy, lawmakers say.
"The combat vehicle industrial base is a unique asset that consists of hundreds of public and private facilities across the United States," the letter said. The outlook for selling Abrams tanks to other nations appears "stronger than prior years," the letter said. But those sales would be "inadequate to sustain the industrial base and in some cases uncertain. In light of this, modest and continued Abrams production for the Army is necessary to protect the industrial base."
Lima, Ohio, is a long way from this dusty tank parking lot. The tiny town in the eastern part of the Buckeye State is where defense manufacturing heavyweight General Dynamics makes these 60-plus-ton behemoths.
The tanks create 16,000 jobs and involve 882 suppliers, says Kendell Pease, the company's vice-president of government relations and communications. That job figure includes ancillary positions like gas station workers who fill up employees' cars coming and going to the plant.
Many of the suppliers for tank manufacturing are scattered around the country so the issue of stopping production or refurbishment becomes a parochial one: congressional representatives don't want to kill any jobs in their districts, especially as the economy struggles during an election year.
"General Dynamics is not the industrial base," Pease said. "It is small vendors."
But General Dynamics certainly has a stake in the battle of the tanks and is making sure its investment is protected, according to research done by The Center for Public Integrity, a journalism watchdog group.
What its reporters found was General Dynamics campaign contributions given to lawmakers at key times, such as around congressional hearings, on whether or not to build more tanks.
"We aren't saying there's vote buying" said Aaron Metha, one of the report's authors. "We are saying it's true in pretty much all aspects of politics - but especially the defense industry. It's almost impossible to separate out the money that is going into elections and the special interests. And what we found was the direct spike in the giving around certain important dates that were tied to votes."
Pease said General Dynamics is bipartisan in its giving and there is nothing suspicious in the timing of its donations to members of the House and Senate. The giving is tied to when fundraisers are held in Washington - which is also when Congress is in session, he said.
Lawmakers that CNN interviewed denied that donations influenced their decisions to keep the tanks rolling.
Rep. Buck McKeon, a Republican from California and chairman of the House armed services committee, said he didn't know General Dynamics had given him $56,000 in campaign contributions since 2009 until CNN asked him about it.
"You know, the Army has a job to do and we have a job to do," McKeon said. "And they have tough choices because they've been having their budget cut."
McKeon said he's thinking about the long range view. "... If someone could guarantee us that we'll never need tanks in the future, that would be good. I don't see that guarantee."
CNN's Sara Anwar contributed to this report.

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