Benoit Liegey

Benoit Liegey

No HungerGood HealthSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible ConsumptionClimate Action

Who are you and what do you do?

Agronomist engineer, I am 30 years old, and I live and work in Brussels in the sustainability department of a food retailer, on topics related to food waste & climate change.

From January 2017, I will leave for 1,000 days in over 30 countries across 6 continents to participate in over  100 "Food Respect" initiatives, with carbon neutrality! The focus will be on organic food & permaculture, urban farming and zero food waste.

Those thematic areas have been chosen based on 3 facts:

> 35 pesticides on a conventional apple

Pesticides are toxic for farmers and for the biodiversity, and are causing health issues for consumers.

> 70% of world population will live in cities by 2050

The import of food products is not resilient as it depends on fossil fuels. Brussels has only 4 days of food supplies.

> 1/3 of food produced is wasted

If food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, just after the USA and China.

The initiatives met during the Food Respect Tour will be available on a map on my website

A book gathering the preferred initiatives will then be published at the end of the project.

What competences would make you a good Generation T?


Make the world a better place to eat


Respect ; Determination ; Integrity ; Courage ; Innovation


Sustainability ; Project management ; Food Retail ; Food Waste ; Climate Change ; Innovation ; Eco-design ; Carbon footprint ; Life Cycle Assessment ; Reporting ; Urban Farming ; Data analysis ; Consulting ; Training


Analytical skills ; Creative thinking ; Results-oriented ; Collaborating with diverse & multicultural teams ; Meeting deadlines ; Fast learning ; Strategic Planning ; Good presentation skills

Give specific example(s) on how your projects or activities make a difference and initiate change.

At my current work, I am mainly working on reducing food waste, especially at the retail level. This includes not only food waste prevention measures, such as "quick sales" close to expiration date, and donations of food products to food banks. But also innovative partnerships to move towards a circular economy. This will enable us to meet the SDG 12.3, aiming at halving food waste by 2030.

The Food Respect Tour will start in January 2017. I will describe each positive food initiatives I meet, share good ideas found around the world and inspire people and entrepreneurs.

It will be available on a map on my website

A book gathering the preferred initiatives will be published at the end of the project.

Who inspired you? What made you first passionate about sustainability?

I am inspired by:

> Gandhi, Guibert Del Marmol, Pierre Rabhi

> The movie "Tomorrow" from Mélanie Laurent

> The movie "Home" from Yann Arthus Bertrand