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On Saturday, June 27, 2015, CVSan screened the film Just Eat It and held a discussion about food waste prevention.

Just Eat It movie poster

The award-winning movie Just Eat It explores why almost half of all food is wasted in the U.S. 

Castro Valley Sanitary District promotes the 4Rs in everything we do.  Although the last two Rs, Recycle and Rot (or compost/organics), are beneficial, the first two Rs, Reduce and Reuse are most important.  Particularly when it comes to the environmental and social impacts of reducing food waste, the first two Rs are most important to practice. Growing and producing our food requires vast amounts of resources such as water (25% of all fresh water goes to food we never eat!)***, energy, and fuel for transportation.  Efficient uses of these resources reduces waste at its source.

In the U.S. we waste approximately 40% of all of our food while 90% of what’s good and unwanted gets thrown away in the garbage or compost.***  In addition to environmental impacts, wasting food is bad for our community because we still have 50 million food-insecure people in the United States.***  1 in 6 adults and 1 in 3 children are food-insecure in Alameda County, which means they face the threat of hunger on an ongoing basis.**  

***Dana Gunders-Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of its Food From Farm to Fork to Landfill.

**Alameda County Community Food Bank 2013 Annual Report.


Stay tuned for more information about our next workshop.