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A child dies from hunger-related causes every 8 to 12 seconds. That’s as many as 11,000 children younger than 5 killed every day. Some actually starve. The immune systems of others are powered down by malnutrition, leaving the door wide open for deadly diseases.

Globally, 925 million people are hungry. That’s roughly 3 times the population of the U.S. going to bed hungry every night.

The poor spend most of their money trying not to starve. Around 2.6 billion people live on less than two bucks a day. They’ve got to feed their families on this — not to mention pay for shelter, school, healthcare, and clothes. And guess what? Food prices just hit their highest level in history. Faced with these realities, the poor are often forced to make difficult decisions. Buy medicine for their 3-year-old who has malaria, or food for the whole family? Send the kids to school or have them work to help earn money? Go from two meals a day to one? For many, these aren’t one-time choices.

They’re life sentences — and the prison is poverty.

 

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The Dark Side of Chocolate

Director: Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano

Year: 2010

Country: Germany

Length: 47 min

A team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interview both proponents and opponents of these alleged practices, and use hidden camera techniques to delve into the gritty world of cocoa plantations.

Watch the film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vfbv6hNeng

 

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Taste the Waste

Director: Valentin Thurn

Year: 2010

Country: Germany

Length: 91 min

Why do we throw away so much food? And how can we stop this kind of waste?

Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers. For instance every other head of lettuce or potato.

European households throw away 100 billion Euros worth of food each year. As much as the annual turnover at Nestlé, the world´s largest food corporation. The food we throw away in Europe would be enough to feed all the hungry people in the world two times over.

Buy the film: http://tastethewaste.com/info/film

 

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Dive!

Director: Jeremy Seifert

Year: 2010

Country: USA

Length: 45 min

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.'s supermarkets. In the process they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it. Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.'s supermarkets. In the process they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.

Buy the film: http://firstrunfeatures.com/divedvd.html


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Hunger

Director: Karin Steinberger and Marcus Vetter

Year: 2009

Country: Germany

Length: 90 min

Never before has food production been as high as it is today. All the same, there are still increasing numbers of people suffering from starvation. The urban poor in Haiti eat pies that consist mostly of mud. In one region of Kenya, half the children die of undernourishment. Hunger gives five people the chance to speak, people for whom not a day passes when they get enough to eat. All of them are very aware of the hopelessness of their situation. Their interpretations of the causes of their misfortune are complemented by local experts and activists -- partly through interviews, but more often by following them as they go about their work.

Watch the film: http://vimeo.com/16704800

 

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We Feed the World

Director: Eerwin Wagenhofer

Year: 2005

Country: Germany

Length: 96 min

Every day in Vienna the amount of unsold bread sent back to be disposed of is enough to supply Austria's second-largest city, Graz. Around 350,000 hectares of agricultural land, above all in Latin America, are dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans to feed Austria's livestock while one quarter of the local population starves. Every European eats ten kilograms a year of artificially irrigated greenhouse vegetables from southern Spain, with water shortages the result.

In We feed The World, Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the origins of the food we eat. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.

Watch the film: https://archive.org/details/WE_FEED_THE_WORLD_DEUTSCH