Friday, February 5, 2016

Great Stuff: French law forbids food waste by supermarkets | World news | The Guardian

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets | World news | The Guardian

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets

France wastes 7m tonnes of food annually. Supermarket chain Carrefour, above, agreed the law would help increase food donations.

France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.

Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Charities will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat.

The law follows a grassroots campaign in France by shoppers, anti-poverty campaigners and those opposed to food waste. The campaign, which led to a petition, was started by the councillor Arash Derambarsh. In December a bill on the issue passed through the national assembly, having been introduced by the former food industry minister Guillaume Garot.

Campaigners now hope to persuade the EU to adopt similar legislation across member states. . . . 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Looks good for Friday Night

In a Single Garment of Destiny

A talk by Leonard Pitts Jr.


Friday, Feb. 5, 7:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)


Smith Auditorium, Willamette University Salem, OR

Free admission

Please register online, call 503-370-6463, or 

go to Putnam University Center, 2nd floor, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.


During the last four decades, Leonard Pitts Jr. has worked as a college professor, radio producer, syndicated columnist and lecturer. But above all else, he considers himself a writer. Focused on issues ranging from race to culture, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2004.


The title of Pitts' speech refers to a passage from Martin Luther King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail," which defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism and became an important text for the American Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Awesome! Very cool


  The Salem Tool Library, a not-for-profit organization, is a startup
lending library for tools of all types!

We had our first planning meeting on Saturday January 16th and will have
committee meetings for the next 5 Tuesday nights (until our next full
membership planning meeting on February 20th @2pm). For more information,

Thank you for your support for this community project!,
Ken Gettys, Acting Exec Director

PS. Fully equipped Community Sharing Work Shops are being planned too!
Funding provided by members, local sponsors, donors, estate bequests, and
by Community Sharing Work Centers International! (