Many of us know that we waste food even on a personal level. Metro Vancouver knows that at least a third of the garbage in our landfills is organic material that could have been composted and used to enhance the environment, hence the 2015 organics ban. But how many of us know what mountains of wasted food looks like? Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer embarked upon a six-month experiment to live off discarded food and made a film about their journey.
What did they discover? Troubling information about food waste include the fact that one-third of the global food supply is not consumed. After making the film they toured schools and while they were conducting a waste audit at one school they were struck by what couldn’t be recycled.
“There was all this untouched food: granola bars, pudding cups, stuff still packaged that kids were throwing out, and this was sort of a redlight, and at the same time, that’s when we were hearing about the food waste stats, and the scale of it, and that really was the catalyst,” he said by phone.
Just Eat It plays at the Vancouver Playhouse on October 4 (6:30 p.m.) and 6 (1:30 p.m.)
How to prepare for the Metro Vancouver Organics Ban.