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A complete Documentary list on Food Waste

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Every year, we are throwing away about 1/3 of all food produced, most of which is still perfectly edible. That is 1.3 BILLION TONNES, just simple go to waste. Make your first steps today for a better change in managing food waste by watching my tailored list of great documentary on food waste (source)

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Food waste is everywhere (Source: unsplash)

1. Dive! (2010)

is a movie by Jeremy Seifert and his friends as they 'dive behind' dumpsters of several grocery stores in the Los Angeles area to  show th e massive amount of food that is wasted annually just in America. Seifert then showed clearly to everyone that the food from those dumpsters is perfectly edible, and confronted the stores' managers why they don't donate more of it to local food banks, especially in light of the 1996 Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects them from liability for such donations.

2. Fed Up (2014)

This is a documentary film directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig. It focuses on the causes behind obesity in America, with evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to the monied lobbying power of "Big Sugar" in blocking attempts to enact policies to address the issue.

3. Food Fight (2008)

This documentary is a fascinating look at how agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century in America, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement.

4. Food Fighter (2019)

Filmed across four continents and over two years by Dan Goldberg, this documentary is the inspirational story of one woman's crusade against the global scandal of food waste.

5. Sustainable (2016)

A great movie by Matt Wechsler. Farmer Marty Travis watches his land and community fall victim to the pressures of agribusiness. As he is greatly determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty does everything he could to transform his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

6. Expired? Food Waste in America (2016)

A great way to explore how misleading date labels on food products contribute to food waste in America alone. Every year, 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten, leading to 160 billion pounds of wasted food in our landfills. A must watch documentary!

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Expired? Food waste in America

7. Wastecooking - Make Food Not Waste (2015)

This great documentary introduces us to chefs, scientists and activists with simple solutions to the food waste epidemic. For example, a Dutch chef explains how he uses all parts of a pig carcass, while people in a Berlin commune live on wild fruit that grows in the city. The edibles are collected and a culinary expert makes a sumptuous dinner out of them. The most important lesson from this great piece: look in the fridge before you go shopping, encourage local government to make supermarkets bring their surplus to the food bank, and eat local whenever possible.

8. Global Waste: The Scandal of Food Waste (2011)

As widely known, food waste is a global problem of increasing magnitude. This fantastic documentary outlines the severity of the issue, and shows various solutions implemented by people and companies around the world.



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