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Taste the Waste

Director: Valerie Thurn

Year: 2010

Country: Germany

Length: 92 min

Language: German


About 10% of household garbage is still-edible food. Every second head of lettuce, every other potato--ends up in the garbage. In fact, according to Valentin Thurn's alarming, eye-opening new documentary on food waste, about half of all food globally produced ends up being thrown away, while some four billion people live in a state of constant food emergency.

In an investigation that circles the globe, Taste the Waste examines the widespread causes of this massive squandering, interviewing everyone in the food chain from consumers to food producers to politicians and administrators as Thurn uncovers the truly shocking scale of food spoilage. Our desire for perfect produce, for constantly available items no matter the season, is key, as Turin uncovers a system that seems perversely dedicated to daily destroying half of its product.

This activist documentary, which comes connected to an online effort to reform the food supply chain, also looks for solutions, interviewing dumpster divers, enlightened supermarket managers attempting to educate their customers into purchasing less harmfully sourced foodstuffs, consumer associations forming links between purchasers and smaller, local producers. If you eat, Thurn's film is of direct concern to you.

Film Selection: Food / Famine