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Just Eat It–Documentary About Food Waste

By Fredrica Syren:

It’s a very disturbing fact that one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is wasted. Yes we waste almost as much food as the entire net production of sub-Sahara Africa each year. It comes with a hefty price because in the United States alone, the waste is even more egregious: More than 30 percent of our food, valued at $162 billion annually, isn’t eaten. Reading this makes me mad since there are so many children starving in the US.

In an effort to battle food waste, France voted last week on a bill that make it illegal for big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead. That includes goods that were packaged wrong or damaged, but remain edible, or that are past a recommended use-by date but are not dangerous to eat. Foods that are past a firm expiration date would go to farms.

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant featured in the documentary Just Eat It, dove into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge and embarked on a six-month challenge – to survive exclusively on discarded food, which could be anything expired or already wasted. Their food came from places such as Dumpsters, culled bins at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food styling photo shoots. Here you watch the trailer for the movie:

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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