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Taste the Waste

Title (Spanish): Taste the Waste
Title (English): Taste the Waste
Country of Origin: Germany
Year of Completion: 2011
Duration: 90 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: German
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French and Portuguese

Sunday 09/09/2012 -- 5:00 PM

Centro de Educación Continúa
San Francisco de Macorís

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisAmazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands in the dump, most of it before it ever reaches consumers. For instance, every other head of lettuce or potato.

European households throw away 100 billion Euros worth of food each year, as much as the annual turnover at Nestlé, the world´s largest food corporation. The food we throw away in Europe would be enough to feed all the hungry people in the world two times over. Why are ever-greater quantities being destroyed? We seek explanations: from supermarket sales staff and managers, from bakers, wholesale market inspectors, welfare recipients, ministers, farmers and EU bureaucrats. It’s a system that we all take part in: Supermarkets constantly have the complete selection of merchandise on offer, the bread on the shelves has to be fresh until late in the evening and everything has to look just right…one withered leaf of lettuce, a crack in a potato or a bruise on an apple and the goods are tossed out; containers of yogurt as early as two days before the ‘sell by’ date has expired.

Agriculture is responsible for producing more than one-third of the greenhouse gases worldwide because farming requires energy, fertilizers and land. What’s more, whenever food rots away at a garbage dump, methane escapes into the atmosphere, a climate gas with an effect 25 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. In other words: wasting half of our food has a disastrous impact on the world’s climate.

Film Credits:

Director/Writer: Valentin Thurn
Producers: Ewa Borowski, Valentin Thurn and Astrid Vandekerkhove
Editor: Birgit Koster
Cinematography: Roland Breitschuh

Director's Biography:

Valentin Thurn is director of documentaries for German (ARD, ZDF, ARTE), and international TV channels. He was born in 1963 in Stuttgart, studied in Germany, France and Spain, has a degree in geography and was trained at the German School of Journalism in Munich. Valentin is the author of more than 40 television documentaries and reports on social, developmental, environmental and educational issues.

His screenplays and lecture tours have taken him to over 40 countries on all continents. He has been awarded various national and international journalism and film awards such as Prix Leonardo, Green Vision and Oekomedia. The documentary about Zacarias Moussaoui (I Am Al Qaeda) was nominated for the German TV Award 2006.

Other films include: Not with my daughter!, about female genital circumcision in Europe; Killer Germs, about bacteria resistant to antibiotics spreading in hospitals; Where Have all the Children Gone? which asks why Europe's population is shrinking; The Lord of the Wolves, about a biologist investigating the hidden life of a wolf pack in Romania; and My Father Wants to Kill Me, about so-called honor killings among migrant families in Germany and France. Valentin has also published two books, written more than 20 radio features, and written articles for newspapers and magazines. Based in Germany, he is co-founder of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists.

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