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Healing The Earth Part 2: Dive! - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

“Eating food out of a dumpster is repulsive to most people, but there is a certain beauty seeing garbage transformed to a meal with friends, and even better than meals that we could afford to buy.” - Jeremy Seifert

Dive: Living off America’s Waste is an hour-long documentary by Jeremy Seifert that reveals the shocking secret that lies in the dumpsters of big corporations and the constantly growing food industry. Focused on educating our generation on food waste and how it really impacts our world, director/producer Jeremy Seifert shares the story of his radical but astounding lifestyle in hopes of inspiring a more food aware/concerned nation in the future. Before watching this documentary I had watched a couple of documentaries and read a couple book concerning the topic of food waste but Dive! took a different, inviting and engaging approach to presenting the information. Watching Dive!  I did not have high hopes for the film since I had not heard many things about the director/filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, but it had won a couple of awards: when it premiered in October 2009 at the Gig Harbour Film Festival, it won the Audience Choice Award, and through the years it has gone on to win awards at many other film festivals, including Best Documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival and Best Film at the Dutch Environmental Film Festival.

Filmed in Los Angeles, U.S.A. Dive! conveys Jeremy Seifert’s and his friends’ “Freeganism” lifestyle. Freeganism is a practice and ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food (e.g. dumpster diving). The word freegan is, as stated on wikipedia, "a coinage derived from 'free' and 'vegan.'” Through his dumpster-diving lifestyle Seifert demonstrates the humongous amount of food that lurks in landfills, which breeds harmful greenhouse gases. Proving that the majority of the food thrown out by big brand grocery stores (e.g. Trader Joe's) is perfectly edible, Seifert sets out on a quest to try and persuade more companies to donate their soon-to-be discarded food to local food banks, especially in light of the many people that go hungry each day. Determined to provide for them, Seifert writes letters and e-mails 30 times to the CEO of Trader Joe's. However as the days go by he receives nothing but silence and neglect and more locked dumpsters; as this problem arises the legality and ethics of dumpster diving are discussed.

I enjoyed most how Seifer conveyed the fact and information. He did just say some flat large numbers that I didn't understand but he went the extra mile to try and explain what those numbers mean, which made them more meaningful for me. I find that we hear so many numbers in facts (like for example, approximately $27 billion of food is wasted by Canadians per year) that they lose their shocked reaction and just get lost with the thousands of numbers we hear regularly. Many would not understand how much $27 billion of food wasted is or even know how much of that could help to feed one of the people who die of hunger every 4 seconds.

I would strongly advise the whole world to watch this documentary, as it will truly open your eyes to a dramatically growing problem that is not often addressed in the media. The website of this documentary lets you access more information about the End Food Waste Campaign, download the film/soundtrack and sign the petition. The library currently a DVD copy of the movie in their Discover Catalogue.

Healing the Earth sequel inspired by the robotics team of Clayton Park Junior High 2016.


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