Stop Wasting food

By Jenny Inglee
Can you believe bags of fruit and veggies like this are just tossed out? (Photo: gabriel amadeus/creative commons)
Dumpster diver and filmmaker Jeremy Seifert wants your help asking Trader Joe's to stop wasting food.
The statistics of how much food we waste in the U.S. are pretty crazy:
Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food. That's 263 million pounds a day, 11 million pounds an hour, and 3,000 pounds a second.
When Jeremy Seifert started dumpster diving to salvage delicious food from the trash he learned firsthand just how much food is wasted by supermarkets. He not only became passionate about the cause, he made a film about it called Dive. The film will be released on DVD, iTunes, and Netflix on July 19.
Seifert has a petition on Change.org that he plans to send to Trader Joe's CEO Dan Bane. He wrote onChange.org that at Trader Joe's:
On many nights, my friends and I have filled cars with bags and bags of sprouted-wheat Ezekiel bread, fresh loaves of sourdough, packages of baby lettuce, cartons of eggs, whole chickens, and even a 12-pack of Irish Stout with only one broken bottle.
He adds that Trader Joe's is by no means the only store that wastes food. Jeremy is hoping to continue putting pressure on supermarket chains and launch a national movement to keep fresh food that could benefit hungry families out of dumpsters.
If you want to help, sign Jeremy's petition.
(Photo via gabriel amadeus's flickr photostream/creative commons)

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