#locallove: food problems

Last night, New Westminster's Documentary Film Festival kicked off with the film Just Eat It. I was nervous about watching this film from the start. Between having an eating disorder and just being disgustingly lazy at times, I was walking in with extreme levels of guilt before the titles even began. I know I toss out a lot of food. But here's the incredible thing: I walked out feeling empowered.

Just Eat It is a documentary film about food waste and food rescue. Roughly a third of the world's food ends up in the trash.

Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

I walked out feeling empowered because this film does not shame. But it does provide easy, doable and realistic changes the every day person can implement into their daily lives in order to bring down the amount of food we waste.

And it doesn't push you to clean your plate every night, which was the biggest concern from this ED recover-er.

Food waste is right under our noses. And it's a seemingly insignificant problem that is having shockingly massive global impacts. You can be a part of the change. Start by watching Just Eat It. Find a local screening or watch it after November 8th on The Knowledge Network online.

Wondering why this is a #locallove post? The filmmakers live in Vancouver! There were so many recognizable places spattered in the film. And it really brings the message closer to home.

Megan te Boekhorst