Couple Spends Six Months Eating Garbage, See What They Learn From It

Thought-provoking story.

Why would anyone with a sane mind would choose to eat garbage? It sounds crazy and illogical, right?

But what if we told you, that almost half of the food that goes to waste isn't garbage after all. According to the UNEP, food loss estimates at around 20 pounds of food per person per month, the equivalent of $165 billion each year. 

How does that happen?

Take a look at this fruit. It's a perfectly normal edible fruit, but it's not "supermarket edible."

According to Tristram Stuart, supermarkets tell producers what diameter, length, curvature and other parameters their products need to meet to be considered suitable for the retail stores.

Such bloated requirements lead to billions of food products being discarded and destined to rot without even a proper disposal system. "In 2012 alone, more than 36 million tons of food waste was generated, with only five percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting," US EPA reports.

Consumers waste about 25% of the food they buy. Imagine having 4 bags of groceries, dropping one in the parking lot, and just leaving it there.

To prove there's something totally wrong with the food industry, filmmakers and self-proclaimed food lovers Jen and Grant decided to quit grocery shopping and try to survive only on discarded foods. 

Their movie Just Eat It, which premieres in the U.S. on October 18, documents their six month-spree exploring consumerism and food waste in North America.

Just Eat It Director and film subject Grant Baldwin is shocked to find a swimming pool sized dumpster filled with discarded hummus.

Jen Rustemeyer looks over a pile of rescued food. After just a couple months of dumpster diving, her fridge and pantry are so full that she has no where to store groceries.

Watch the movie trailer and get a glimpse of what Jen and Grant have faced along their journey:

To know more about the movie and find the nearest screening, please visit Just Eat It website and Facebook page.

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