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Badaro Market & food waste awareness

20-2-2020

In its edition of today, L’Orient Le Jour spotlighted an initiative by Philippe Rahbeh which addresses food loss and waste. Named ‘Too good to waste’, the project aims to reduce around 10,000 tons of food waste in order to eliminate poverty and alter the prevailing mentality of food management. When he opened his organic goods store, Rahbeh recounted, he noticed the massive amounts of squandered food leftovers, and decided to deliver it to needy residents of his neighborhood. Later, Rahbeh added, he kicked off “Disco Soup” initiative that was first launched in Germany, 2011, to pick up and rescue leftover food by turning it to free meals for the poor. In January, 2019, Rahbe said, he started his first “Disco Soup” in Badaro Farmers Market. He used some 50 kgs of leftover vegetables collected from stores around Beirut to prepare and distribute soups and salads free of charge to Badaro Market goers to raise awareness for food waste. (L’Orient Le Jour, February 20, 2020)

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