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GCAN April 4, VIDEO "Just Eat It, A Food Waste Story"


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VIDEO: "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie"
Greenbelt Climate Action Network
Wed, April 4, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114
15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD

Our program will focus on food waste, through the screening of a recent documentary, followed by a discussion that hopefully inspires action to reduce food waste. In May, we will learn more about Composting and Food Waste in Greenbelt.

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014, 1 hr 15min). We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

Food waste leads to climate change: food sent to the landfill decomposes anaerobically, producing methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Food recovery and composting of food scraps are thus the twin actions we can take to prevent this emission of methane. We can recycle carbon back into our garden soils through composting to grow more food.

Food recovery — getting edible food to those in need — is an action we can all get involved with that provides potential solutions for food waste This film relates well to our recently-initiated community composting programs as well as ways to combat food waste at the Food Coop: you can compost household foodscraps, spoiled/excess food from restaurants, save food with passed sell-by-dates in grocery stores, and rescue "ugly" food that never makes it off the farm.

As always, we will use the last portion of the evening for announcements and updates on local and national issues we are following. For more info, contact: Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network, lore@simplicity-matters.org or 301-345-2234.