When Chef Anthony Bourdain announces a new film project, we would expect a sumptuous international food tour. In Wasted! he delivers just that, although not the tour we may expect but one with world-changing implications. Bourdain serves as producer and talking head in the new, feature-length documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.
About Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
In this enlightening film, we see solutions to today’s rampant food waste. According to Wasted!, delicious food can be delivered resourcefully and with minimal amounts of byproducts, “expired” products, and leftovers ending up in landfills.
Use everything, waste nothing.
Chef Bourdain says, “I don’t like the idea of being an advocate; I shrink from even the appearance of a hashtag…” Yet as a chef, food waste has always bothered him. When he was a young culinary student, the teachers pounded into him “use everything, waste nothing.”
Learn More About Food Waste in Wasted!
Food waste figures in the US are staggering: 30-40% of the food we produce goes to waste, 90% of that ends up in landfills. We waste food along its entire cycle – from the fields, to processing plants, to retailers, restaurants, schools, and homes.
Food waste figures in the US are staggering: 30-40% of the food we produce goes to waste, 90% of that ends up in landfills.
Wasted! showcases the practical solutions to reducing food waste at every point in this cycle that are being implemented by innovative leaders and companies.
Directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye have both worked on Anthony Bourdain’s TV shows (Mind of a Chef and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown). They frequently witnessed chefs complaining about waste, which motivated the research for this film.
Wasted! ends with an action plan onscreen. Watch the film and spread the word!
In Cinemas October 13. For more information, visit the website.
Karen Henry is an Associate Editor at LA YOGA who volunteers in a variety of capacities for nonprofit organizations and artists around Los Angeles. She practices yoga as a counterbalance to her daily impact sports and is a mother of four grown children who also practice yoga . Now, she’s working on teaching yoga and joy of life to the grandkids!