We wrote recently about the food waste epidemic around the world, and how it effects the environment and home budgets. We suggested that one way to help was by being more responsible with food taken home by appreciating leftovers and getting the most out of groceries. But unfortunately, a major part of the problem starts way before you fill your car then your fridge with food that is dumpster destined.
A new film by Jeremy Seifert called Dive! examines how the United States throws away half of the food it produces, much of which is completely edible, and how the problem – and he believes, the solution – starts with institutions like grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and corporations. He does this by dumpster diving and literally showing that supermarkets throw out food that could be eaten. And eaten it gets. His family, friends and certainly his adorable children feast on the finds.
Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food. One half of all food prepared in the US and Europe never gets eaten. The Department of Agriculture estimated in 1996 that recovering just 5 percent of the food that is wasted could feed four million people a day; recovering 25 percent would feed 20 million people. Today we recover less than 2.5 percent. – The EPA
And when the 45-minute, 16 award-winning documentary highlights the poverty and hunger issues our country faces, it shows the fact that this isn’t just an issue of thrift or environment, but one of justice, ethics and humanity.
Watch the trailer:
Join the Eat Trash Campaign to convince powerful corporations to do more to help with the food waste issue. In the meanwhile, follow the film on Twitter where we just learned Jeremy has started to work on a new film about genetically modified food.
Anyone aware of the food waste issue couldn’t deny there is a problem, but do you think you could actually eat food from the garbage? Have you? Tell us all about it.