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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is hosting a free screening of Just Eat It - A Food Waste Story at 7pm on Wednesday 31 May at the Margaret River Cultural Centre.

The documentary aims to highlight the issue of food waste that occurs at each stage of food production – from the farm, to retail outlets, to consumers’ fridges and pantries.

Shire Waste Education and Project Officer Jackie Dickson said that she hopes the movie will get people thinking about their own waste habits.

“In the documentary the two filmmakers get an insight into of the billions of dollars of good food that is discarded in North America each year,” she said.

“Viewers follow their story as they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

“I hope watching their journey will raise awareness of the issue at a local level and start conversations between audience members and their friends and families about food waste.”

Ms Dickson says waste is a big issue for our community and it is important that we all understand the true re-percussions of living a throw away lifestyle.

“It is estimated that 40% of the waste in our wheelie bins is food,’ she said.

“That equates to $1000 for the average Australian family.

“It’s also unnecessary landfill, which when combined with other organics, turns into methane.

“This is a greenhouse gas which is more potent than the exhaust fumes that come out of cars.”

In addition to the screening of Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story, the Shire will be working with Transition Margaret River to provide information stalls, guest speakers and raffles on the evening.

 

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