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The only thing on the menu, is garbage
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One man, one dumpster stove, and a 'wastemobile' that runs on used cooking oil, takes on our consumption-driven society, and inspires us to search for creative solutions to fight food waste. This self-experiment motors along to prove that it's possible to live on a menu of what others term as 'garbage'.

This 81 minute doco directed by David Groß & Georg Misch is having its Australian Premiere, and follows Groß, an Austrian journalist turned food activist, as he travels through 5 European countries (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France), examining food wastage.

He uncovers tons of food tossed aside, when it could have been utilised in a more effective way. Supermarkets, regular households, farms, fisheries, and more come under scrutiny on his journey of discovery. It becomes evident, that in this fast paced life, knowledge is lost and a lot of people seem to have no idea how to get creative with leftover food.



It's a dilemma when Groß uncovers that huge amounts of dead 'catch back'; the fish other than the desired catch, driven by public demand, are thrown back into the sea. The reality in the short term is that it's unrealistic to try and cook everything that is wasted.

It's not all doom and gloom with a few positives shining through. Jewelweed blossoms that grow wild and are a threat to other plants can be plucked (the flowers; thus inhibiting its pesky growth) and made into tasty edible jelly that can be preserved.

The countryside seems to provide in abundance, and activist websites like Mundraub in Berlin, maps registered users and puts them in touch with over 10 thousand locations of edible food on public ground.

Schnippeldisko (a chopping party of oversized veggies and fruit that don't make it to the market) formed 3 years ago in Germany and has taken off in many countries.

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This involves a community coming toegether, all hands on deck to slice and dice and cook in this instance, a 100kg of discarded vegetables, producing 300 meals and adding a fun element while combating food wastage together.

Edible insects may well be the protein way forward, and models forbidding trashing and wasting food by supermarkets have come to the surface. There's still a lot more to do globally and Groß is awaiting his finest moment to come; when he's no longer needed and made redundant because there's no more food wastage to address.

His journey is not over, there's lots more to do. However, this one man is the epitome of how one voice can start a conversation; a movement that continues in Wastecooking 2 and more, that hopefully gives you food for thought.

Check out the Transition Film Festival's program for this and many other inspiring docos that enlighten us to do better. See their Facebook page for updates.

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Why? Transitions Film Festival 2017 - Documentary Review
When: MELBOURNE: 16 Feb - 3 Mar SYDNEY: 9 - 25 Mar BRISBANE: 23 - 26 Mar ADELAIDE: 19 -28 May
Where: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide
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