New Zealanders are lucky enough to be living in a county which is effectively a ‘food basket’, where food is plentiful and relatively affordable. But perhaps we as a nation are taking food too much for granted and our baskets are overflowing unnecessarily. Up to 12% of families in New Zealand experience severe food insecurity over a period of twelve months.
Some of the significant sources of food waste in developed countries are:
– Perfectly edible food being dumped because it doesn’t look perfect. See this article, ‘why you should eat ugly food,’ for more information.
– Supermarkets dumping food because it hasn’t been sold within a predetermined time . See here for more info on ‘use by’ and expiry dates.
– The food consumers buy, but fail to eat.
– The huge volumes of food packaging sent to landfill.
During Eco Week 2016 we will screen the “hugely entertaining” (Variety) and “startling” (New York Times) documentary ‘Just Eat It’. This documentary dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through to retail, all the way to fridge in a lighthearted way. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, film makers Jen and Grant pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue (dumpster diving anyone?), the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.
Check out the movie trailer here. Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.
When: 20 September, 6 pm Speakers and nibbles, 6:30 pm Movie screening ‘Just Eat It’
Where: C Block
Cost: Free, all welcome (not exclusive to UC staff and students).
The Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Here the events during Eco Week:
Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. CBlock 6–8 pm
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential firstname.lastname@example.org, 1.30–4pm
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894, 12pm sharp
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late.