Just Eat It is a new documentary that explores the food waste from the farm to the fridge in Canada.
The film follows filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin’s food waste experiment of surviving for six months only on discarded food. Check out the trailer:
40% food waste
The idea of the movie came from the fact that 40 percent of food being wasted in the US according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Most of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills.
According to the NRDC report, American families throw out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. They estimate the cost of that waste for the average family of four is USD 1,365 to USD 2,275 annually.
Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of the US land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater consumed in the US. Yet, 40 percent of food in the US today goes uneaten. That is more than 10 kg of food per person every month.
Not only does this mean that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, but also 25 percent of all freshwater and huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals, energy and land.