Just Eat It


Connie Moore


In December of last year, the Clark County Library got in a new DVD called Just Eat It. Always on the lookout for new culinary information, we ordered it and waited until our turn came up on March 8th to pick it up. Turns out it is a popular documentary on food waste, food growing and processing, and a 6-month experiment by a couple who decided to see just exactly what is out there being wasted.

Every part of this DVD, including the plastic case, is of interest. The film is a winner of over nine major Film Festival Awards; online sources make that number 20 if you count it being a finalist and runner-up. Reviews say it is “Powerful” and “Shocking ... thought-provoking ... inspired.”

The top comment by Variety tells you “Hugely entertaining ... will leave audiences gobsmacked.” So what is that last word? Online definitions for modern slang say it is of British origin, taking the words "gob" — mouth — and a verb — "smack" — and blending them to mean “being utterly astonished or stunned.”

That pretty much sums up how we felt after watching the 73-minute version. The movie case asked the question, “We all love food, so how could we possibly be throwing nearly half of it in the trash?” Well, to be honest, we thought that figure was awfully high.

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