We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?
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.
Katy Barfield, CEO at Yume and Founding CEO of Secondbite, has lived and breathed food rescue for over a decade. As the founding CEO of SecondBite, Katy led the organisation through a period of exponential growth over seven years, turning a handful of volunteers into a national not-for-profit organisation, distributing millions of kilos of fresh surplus food to over 1200 community food programs nationwide. Frustrated at the enormous volume of food still going to waste, Katy created Yume in 2014. Yume is an online marketplace that plans to drive revolutionary change in the food system by enabling the sale or donation of surplus food that might otherwise go to waste.
Kirsty Underwood, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, is a healthy food and lifestyle expert for busy people who struggle to find time or inspiration to eat well. Through her scrumptious wholefood recipes and transformative coaching style she shows you how to make food fun, uncomplicated and super healthy. When she's not sharing her infectious passion for health - you'll find her seeking sunshine, embracing her inner hippy, getting lost in nature or enjoying something chocolatey.
Jim Mullan, current CEO of Secondbite, is an international leader in social enterprise development as the former CEO of The Big Issue, UK. He has more than three decades of community business experience; working in social enterprises, he has seen the gap between ‘haves’ and people in real need increase.
“I want to find a new solution. The problem of food wastage remains one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Wouldn’t it be great if Australia could lead the way on this? That’s my ambition for SecondBite” says Jim.
About the event
Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne, for a nourishing meal, fresh juice and healthy treat, available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our local business exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes