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Posted on: November 1, 2018

City’s Environmental Services department kicks off movie series Nov. 13 with “WASTED!"

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A third of the food grown annually for human consumption is never eaten. That’s 1.3 billion tons, or $218 billion worth, of food that ends up in the garbage.

The documentary “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 13 at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. The screening of “Wasted!” is the first in a series called “EnviroFlick,” hosted by the City’s Environmental Services department that is aimed at spurring discussion about food waste and other environmental topics.

“We’re always looking for new ways to engage with the community that aren’t just another lecture,” explains Sustainability and Market Development Coordinator Ashley Krug. “Movies give us the opportunity to have that community engagement in a way that’s fun and informative. What better way to do that than bring together two things that people love, food and movies!”

Released in 2017, “Wasted!” sheds light on the global issue of food waste and approaches possible solutions through the eyes of various celebrity chefs who make the most of every kind of food.

“We chose ‘Wasted’ as our first film because food is truly something that brings everyone to the table,” says Krug. “This film presents a unique perspective on the topic of food waste and how we, as consumers and producers, can find innovative ways to address the problem. It’s presented in order to stimulate discussion, celebrate the successes that are already happening in our community and get people dreaming about strategies we can use in our own households to be more sustainable.”

“Unfortunately, due to some crude language usage in the film, it is not recommended for younger audience members,” explains Krug. “But we do plan to show family-friendly and even kid-focused movies as part of the series in the future.”  

A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring representatives from Springfield Community Gardens, Ozarks Food Collaborative and Ozarks Food Harvest.


About “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. Wasted! Exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. 


According to TV Parental Guidelines, this film is rated: TV-MA - Mature Audiences Only 

This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. To learn more about the film, please visit: http://www.wastedfilm.com/


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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam 573-819-3713 or kmilam@springfieldmo.gov


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