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Taste the Waste

Frisch auf den Müll - Die globale Lebensmittelverschwendung

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Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers. For instance every other head of lettuce or potato. Why are ever-greater quantities being destroyed? We seek explanations: from supermarket sales staff and managers, from bakers, whole sale market inspectors, welfare recipients, ministers, farmers and EU bureaucrats.
Over half of the food that is produced is thrown away before it ever reaches the consumer. The doc traces the causes of the incredible waste, and charts strategies for combating it.

It’s a system that we all take part in: Supermarkets constantly have the complete selection of merchandise on offer, the bread on the shelves has to be fresh until late in the evening and everything has to look just right: One withered leaf of lettuce, a crack in a potato or a dent in an apple and the goods are sorted out; containers of yogurt as early as two days before the ‘sell by’ date has expired. Agriculture is responsible for more than a third of the greenhouse gases worldwide because farming requires energy, fertilizers and land. What’s more, whenever food rots away at a garbage dump, methane escapes into the atmosphere, a climate gas with an effect 25 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. In other words, when we waste half of our food that has a disastrous impact on the world climate.

Available versions: 30 min / 45 min / 52 min (French) / 90 min

FOOD SAVERS – the sequel is available now!

Additional Festivals: 
  • Berlinale, Germany, 10-20. February 2011, Culinary Cinema section, World Premiere
  • Seoul Int. Youth Film Festival, South Korea, July 2011
  • Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 18-28. August,  Documentaries of the World section
  • Cambridge Film Festival, UK, Sept. 2011
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, February 2012
  • San Francisco Green Film Festival, USA, March 2012
  • ONE World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, March 2012
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 18.-20. Oct. 2011, United Arab Emirates

    Key Information

  • Documentary
  • 2010
  • 00:52:00
  • Germany
  • Schnittstelle Köln / Thurn Film for ARD
  • Made for TV
  • General Audience

    Cast & Crew

  • Valentin Thurn


  • Non-Fiction/Information
  • Environment/Geography
  • Investigative journalism

    Language versions

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian


  • Montreal World Film Festival (2011)

    Grand Prix des Ameriques (best picture) (nominated) Official Selection
  • Prix Italia (2012)

    Prix Italia (won) Special Award (Expo 2015)
  • ekotopfilm - International Festival of Sustainable Development Films (2011)

    Grand Prix - Prize of the Slovak Government (won) Best Film
  • Atlantis Natur- und Umweltfestival Wiesbaden (2011)

    First Prize (won) Best Film
  • Ekofilm (2011)

    Ekofilm Award (won) Documentary

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