10,000 kilometers on a bike and in a pedal boat
to fight food waste!
Pedal from Paris to New York City with food meant to be discarded or that are past «best before» date.
Study food freeze-drying to reduce food waste and ask to a ban on «best before dates» (BBD)
Raise awareness about food waste in schools and other organizations.
Why cross the Atlantic?
Crossing the Atlantic on a pedal boat is a powerful way to raise awareness and trigger consumers’ interest. It’s about pedaling from Paris to New York City, powered only by calories that would otherwise have been discarded, to show just how much food we waste.
While 870 million people suffer from malnutrition in the world, developed countries allow themselves to produce too much and to import too much. In the end one third of all the food produced on Earth is wasted. The team wishes to remind each and everyone of us of our responsibility in this issue, which is both a human and environmental disaster.
Solutions to stop waste
A study will be conducted on freeze drying (also called lyophilization). It is about comparing the energy used today to destroy food surplus and create new ones, compared to the energy consumed to dry freeze this surplus. Dry freezing is a way of conserving food by draining all of its water out. Without water bacterias can’t develop.
A petition asks to ban Best Before Dates, called «DMD» in the European Union (Date of Minimum Durability). Dry products can actually be consumed years after these dates have passed. Baptiste, will prove it, on the pedal boat, by eating only food whose DMD has expired, sometimes more than 10 years ago. People often confuse these date with «Use by» dates, and throw away untouched food. Production date alone could be left, informing the consumer of the age of the product, without implying it is not good anymore.
Use by: consuming the product after this date presents a health risk
DMD: no risk for the health, even 10 years later