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Novato's Green Film Series Continues with Second Film on February 15

Post Date:02/08/2018 11:32 AM

Join us for our second FREE film of the Novato Green Film Series, ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’ will be screened on Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm  at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. This film will be followed by a panel discussion with local food waste prevention, recovery and composting experts Garen Kazanjian (Recology Zero Waste Specialist), Miguel Villarreal (Novato Unified School District Food and Nutrition Services Director), and Marv Zauderer (ExtraFood Founder and Executive Director).

Just Eat It is a provocative, award-winning film that draws attention to the issue of food waste by following filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant as they 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 eight 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.

“40% of all food in America is wasted, and the majority of this food ‘waste’ is buried in our landfills where it creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas,” says Gretchen Schubeck, City of Novato Sustainability Coordinator. “Imagine going to the grocery store, buying five bags of groceries and leaving two at the checkout on your way out. That’s the amount of food we throw away each year. Reducing food waste is not just good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet as well!”

“If global food waste were a country, it would rank 3rd in greenhouse gas emissions after the U.S. and China,” said Marv Zauderer, Founder and Executive Director of ExtraFood. “Through our county-wide food recovery program, ExtraFood gives Marin businesses, nonprofits, and volunteers a simple, powerful way to reduce the impact of wasted food on climate change and simultaneously alleviate hunger in our community."

All film-goers will be entered into a raffle to win one of 20 free copies of former Natural Resource Defense Council Scientist Dana Gunders’ ‘Waste Free Kitchen Handbook’ – the ultimate guide for reducing food waste.

The City is partnering with local nonprofits ExtraFood and Sustainable Novato, as well as Novato’s new recycling, organics and waste collection provider Recology to bring Just Eat It to Novato.

The event is free to attend but registration is requested. Please visit novato.org/sustainability for more info.

 
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