The Statistics of Waste
The actual footage of dumpsters and being emptied and pickup vehicles being filled is convincing enough, but Seifert backs up his images with shocking statistics about the actual amount that's wasted, and at what cost, and how many people that wasted food would feed if only it could be delivered to them. The statistics are shown not with static graphics, but in clever drawings that might have been done to entertain his son. The drawings, composed in quick time on the screen, are quite entertaining. Sources for statistics aren't revealed, but the presentation is clever -- and there's no reason to doubt their accuracy.
Seifert introduces other dumpster divers -- including his wife -- who are equally passionate about preventing food waste. He also points out that during the several years he's been dumpster diving, the economic down turn has changed the complexion of the dumpster diving community. Dumpster diving is no longer a hobby for people who could afford to purchase food but are committed to preventing waste of food and other resources. Now greater numbers of people suffering economic adversity are becoming dependent on dumpster diving for survival.
Who's To Blame For The Waste
Store managers, facing issues of liability and possible costs incurred in transporting unsold food to soup kitchens, feel that its safer and less costly for them to simply throw the food away.
All the big market chains are culpable, but Seifert does single out the Trader Joe's chain as the film's singularly unsavory culprit. Seifert repeatedly tries to interview Trader Joe's management, but his requests are consistently rejected. Basically, he accuses the chain's management of wanton disregard for the needs of people who are going hungry. And, you do get his point. But, Seifert says, the other chains are guilty, too.
This is a timely film that will make you think twice about your own grocery needs and excesses, and the wastefulness of the markets where you do your shopping or dumpster diving.
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- Title: Dive! Living Off America's Waste
- Director: Jeremy Seifert
- Running Time: 45 mins.
- US Release Date: February 10, 2010 (Oxford Film Festival)
- DVD Release Date: July, 2011
- Distributor: First Run Features
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Location: Los Angeles, USA
- Language: English
- Production Country: USA