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Published on June 23rd, 2011 | by ziggy

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Dive! Film Explores Dumpster Diving and Food Waste

Despite the title, Dive! is not a movie about graceful Olympic divers. Nothing could be further from that image. Instead, it’s a new film about the massive food waste in America, and those who choose to dive into dumpsters to save food from going to the landfill.

In his film, Jeremy Siefert takes on Trader Joe’s and other grocery retailers and raises a challenge: why do so many so-called “friendly neighborhood stores” toss out literally billions of pounds of food every year? Can’t we do something different about this?

Dumpster Diving Helps Stop Food Waste

Seifert says:

…I dumpster dive, which is exactly like it sounds: I jump into dumpsters, pull out not-yet-expired food, and bring it home to my family. Yes, you could say we eat trash—but it’s delicious! It used to be that nearly every meal we ate contained some “trash” in it, like a head of broccoli, fresh ahi tuna, or strawberries….

The documentary [Dive!] showcases a huge problem—food waste. Every year in the United States, we throw away 96 billion pounds of food. That’s 263 million pounds a day, 11 million pounds an hour, 3,000 pounds per second!

All in all, Americans throw out a whopping one-half of the food we produce and import. This wastefulness coexists with a devastating recession and record numbers of Americans dependent on food stamps—one in eight of us, to be exact. Our propensity to waste has now reached beyond our means to do so, and yet we keep up the bad habit even while our neighbors go hungry.

Seifert started a campaign on Change.org asking Trader Joe’s to adopt a company-wide policy to end food waste at all of its 350+ stores. Instead of tossing perfectly good food away, he asks that the company think about donating it to the folks that need it. Sounds a little obvious, no? Well, apparently we need a petition to make it actually happen. So let’s do it!

Want to learn more about food waste in America and how you too can dumpster dive to help save food from going to the landfill? Check out Dive! on DVD, iTunes, and Netflix on its July 19th release date.

Image credit: Dive! film



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5 Responses to Dive! Film Explores Dumpster Diving and Food Waste

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  4. Pickles says:

    There is some amazing food to be found in dumpsters. Much fresher produce than the food banks. Don’t let any dumbass security guards treat you like a shoplifter. Once they throw it in the dumpster it is no longer their property and is in fact public domain, the Supreme Court decided that one in 1988.
    I would get in and get out fast though, because as anyone who has had a run-in with the law knows, it really doesn’t matter what the law is. The cops will make up a bogus charge to get you in cuffs. I have even been assaulted by security guards on public property and then I was the one who went to jail (even after the guard admitted the assault.) There is no justice for the poor in the USA. If you are poor, you are automatically a criminal, the end.

  5. Lucia says:

    Hey,

    Thought you might like this video on freeganism I made recently. It’s for a competition and I have until December 19th to get as many views as possible – every view gives me a vote. So, if you do like it, and could post about it, I’d really appreciate it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6djV20NnJ8o&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLYT7vD5He2VAVTw7z78cmU_n3UjTpLzwz

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