Living Off America's Waste

DVD - 2011
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Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food, resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism, and call to action.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 53 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,12 cm.


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Feb 23, 2018

been really frustrated with the amount of waste we humans produce for a long time and this documentary has inspired me to do what i can as an individual about it. we can not only save money for our own futures, but save the earth at the same time - which is even more important! easy things to do beyond NOT wasting food ourselves, is help out at the local food banks and other non profits that can get the food to the hungry and "food insecure" and get involved in approaching all the stores out there to collect the perfectly edible food they would otherwise throw away. and i personally plan on finding a dumpster diving buddy someday!

Aug 20, 2014

This was an interesting movie. I was inspired to do something but am left shrugging my shoulders as to what that should be.

A stand-out moment in the film was the conversation between the father and his three-year-old. The father admits that he thinks the availability of so much free food has affected his opinion of food and he questions whether it has made him more likely to throw food away. He wants to rescue food, but his own excess supply may still lead to waste.

I also thought his view of the freezer was interesting. He received a freezer and filled it within a week. He questioned whether freezing the food was a form of hoarding and questioned whether freezing defeated the purpose. He had an seamlessly unending supply while there were homeless people starving just down the road. He actually compared his freezing dumpster food to hoarding. Very unique perspective.

Jul 20, 2014

what an inspiration. the food bank here is always crying for food. i hope that grocery stores here are donating as much as they can. it's not only los angeles that has billions of dollars of food waste, it's a planet thing.

Aug 05, 2013

Very interesting! Probably won't start eating from garbage cans, but will definitely eat food past its expiration date!

Loved this movie!! Funny and inspirational.

Jun 19, 2012

There is just something so satisfying about a well done documentary with a good message.

I actually know someone who would never pay for thier meat they would always wait till the end of the day when the grocerystore would close then they would go and pick up the meat, that was taken to the dumpster. In fact iv even eaten some of it. and its true the meet is still good.

Oct 28, 2011

I couldn't believe the amount of good food they found day after day in the dumpsters outside grocery stores. The day before a long weekend, they knew there would be double the meat and produce dumped, so they asked the store if they could pick it up and give it to a shelter, and they agreed. They had 8 grocery carts of food to take to the shelter.
There is a chef who examined some of the stuff coming out of the dumpster and makes amazing food (even the wife of the dumpster diver made amazing food and talks about the drawback of having to sort the loads when they come in the home).
They feed the food to their infant without hesitation. In other words, there is lots of healthy, safe food being thrown away by your local grocery, every day. An interesting section was how a vegetarian started eating meat from the dumpster (eventually, he returned back to vegetarianism).

Oct 20, 2011

Pretty good short documentary (1 hour) about dumpster divers in LA. I can't believe what they throw out there.


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Sep 12, 2011

Such an important message that everyone should get.


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Oct 28, 2011

One of the things said was:
The best before date on food is an overly cautious date served to protect the company from lawsuits.

Another thing said was that people don't know how to tell if their food is bad anymore.

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