Food Waste. Challenges and Solutions. A Documentary Shorts Series.

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Olympia
6:30 PM, Thursday, April 18, 2019 PST
Location: Olympia (click for map)

A documentary shorts series followed by community conversation.
Today, 40% of the food produced enters landfills where it is expected to decompose. Approximately ¼ of water consumption and over 300 million barrels of oil used in producing and distributing food winds up in landfills. We can do better!

“Tossed Out: Food Waste in America” (28 minutes)
NET News and Harvest Public Media
Directors: Dennis Kellogg and Jeremy Bernfeld trailer
This longer film covers many of the points in the other shorts, but shows people rescuing food at each step of the food system chain. Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. According to the EPA, 35 billion pounds of food were thrown away in 2011. As it decomposes in landfills, the waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, 1 in 7 Americans struggles with hunger and the world wonders how to address the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. For more, visit the Harvest Public Media website at:

“Waste” (6.5 minutes)
An informative short film on the relationship between food waste and resource waste.
A film production of SCHNITTSTELLE THURN GbR commissioned by WWF Germany and UNEP in collaboration with SIWI and FAO.

“The Big Waste: why do we throw away so much food?” (10 mins)
Filmmaker Karim Chrobog looks at the staggering amount of food wasted in the U.S. – a problem with major human and environmental costs. This film includes waste at the delivery level. As trucks travel cross country they must deliver within certain time frame for “freshness”–if they miss it, food gets dumped.

“Wasted” (12:10 minutes)
In South Korea, an Innovative Push to Cut Back on Food Waste
In the second of two videos on food waste, filmmaker Karim Chrobog travels to Seoul, South Korea, which has implemented a high-tech initiative that has dramatically reduced its waste.

“Thurston Food Bank Rescues Food” (4.5 minutes) Thurston Food Rescue
Thurston County Food Rescue video that shows various local businesses and schools actively participating in the program, boxing up leftover food, storing it, transporting it and distributing it to hungry people. First made in 2013, this video about food rescue was updated in 2016. Discover how the Thurston County Food Bank rescues food and feeds people. It’s simple. It’s rewarding. It’s fun!

And others!

Flyer – trash can image – PDF 2 on page:

Flyer – food dump image – PDF 2 on page:

Special Guests: Cathy Visser, Nutrition Director, Senior Services for South Sound / Moderator: Marilyn Sitaker, MPH of South Sound Food System Network

Sponsors: South Sound Food System Network (SSFSN)

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