Just Eat It - A Food Waste Movie
Our challenge to not buy anything new for the year 2016 has been great for us to get creative with gifts! For Father's Day, a few moms in the neighbourhood got together and arranged a golf day for the dads but I also wanted to plan a fun date night for just the two of us that focused on learning something new.
With minimal research I discovered that Community Natural Foods has started a documentary evening once a month at their 10th street store. I love this store it has such great juju. I love shopping there but I especially love their cafe, it's amazing! It's so fun to do a little shop there with the kids too because they have the little carts that my daughter loves to push around. The July's documentary event was Just Eat It - A Food Waste Movie.
With babysitters watching the cubs, the most delicious coconut oil popcorn and fresh squeezed lemonade in hand we watched an eye opening Canadian documentary on our food waste epidemic. I could not believe the amount of perfectly good food that we waste, especially when there is SO much need. After watching this documentary there were 3 points that have really stuck with me these past couple weeks since watching it:
1. There are actually no federally regulated "best before" dates except for on infant formula. The other dates are simply placed their by recommendation by the producer. I have been a slave to best before dates, especially when it comes to dairy. I am being more lenient and relying on my senses to guide this now... it's a big step! ha!
2. I realized that I contribute to this epidemic when I pass on purchasing a piece of food that has a small blemish. Being conscious of this while shopping, I noticed that I do this subconsciously more than I ever realized. Passing over perfectly good food to reach for a perfect in appearance piece of fruit. To think with a simple pairing knife we could cut around that little blemish and eat a perfectly good piece of fruit. We are the guilty ones that are putting the standards on grocery stores to provide perfect looking foods because we simply do not buy the ones that are not perfect.
3. When we allow something to go to waste in our fridge the waste extends beyond that particular piece of food. The water, labour hours, gas to ship the item, stress on our infrastructure ... the chain of resources to create and deliver food is massively long. When we are passionate about certain pieces of that resource chain we need to consider every link.
After watching the documentary I thought back to the good ol days when I used to work for a company called Community Kitchens. The wonders that they do with donated food and what they could do with all this wasted food would be amazing! The programs they have created to reach different populations and areas of the city are incredible. There is also a new company called LeftOvers Calgary that I have seen in social media. They are also doing amazing things with food that would otherwise go into the garbage. It's awesome to see what we can do in regards to food waste and individuals in need when we are allowed to be creative and are not bound by "potential" future lawsuits.
If you want to check out the documentary you can view it for free on their website if you live in Canada! Hooray! check it out here.