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Festival Screenings

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

(Grant Baldwin, 2014, 75:00)

 Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, 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.

“Smart, snappy.” – The Globe & Mail
“Eye-opening'” – Sean Kelly on Movies


The Story of Food

The Story of Food

(USC Canada, 2015, 5:40)

For 10,000 years, farmers have selected, saved, planted, and conserved seeds. In this way, through thousands of growing seasons, they have expanded and safeguarded the world’s agricultural diversity. Over time they have acquired a remarkably deep resource of knowledge about their seeds, soils, and local ecosystems. This exceptionally important knowledge is in peril. In recent decades, there’s been major shift toward large-scale agriculture and mass food production for international markets. It has profoundly changed farming and the food we eat. In the process, the farmer’s role in the world’s food system has diminished.

Films are free with admission to the festival.

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