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Film: DIVE
Date Wednesday June 06
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]

Film evenings begin with potluck refreshments & social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.

by Jeremy Seifert

Nearly 50% of all the food produced in the United States is wasted each year. This comes at an enormously high social, environmental, and financial cost — the economy is struggling, 49 million Americans are food insecure, and climate change is rapidly intensifying. Food waste squanders water, depletes soil, wastes fossil fuels, adds greatly to the world’s carbon footprint, and costs more than $100 billion each year. Food is the single largest component of solid waste in municipal landfills and incinerators in the United States. Rotting food creates methane, which is 25 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide. When the resources used to grow, process, and transport food are considered, wasted food represents 25% of freshwater use, 4% of oil use, and 23% of all methane emissions in the U.S. This film dives into the issue of food waste in America and exposes not only what is being thrown away but the challenges involved in changing this inefficient and wasteful system. The Department of Agriculture once estimated that recovering just 5% of the food that is wasted could feed four million people a day; recovering 25% would feed 20 million people. Today we recover less than 2.5%. What can we do to create a food system that is more respectful of the environment and each other?

This film is brought to us by Dana Frasz, Founder and Director of Food Shift. Food Shift is an Earth Island Institute sponsored project dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system that curbs waste, empowers communities, respects the environment, and nourishes all people. Food Shift educates and empowers consumers, businesses, and communities by increasing awareness about food waste and inspiring food-related behavior change. By trimming our waste and diverting food loss, we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat climate change, conserve natural resources, and cultivate more sustainable communities. Please join us to see the film and participate in discussions facilitated by Dana Frasz.

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