Trash. It’s what’s for dinner. Or at least so says Jeremy Seifert in his film Dive.
As a germophobe, I was pretty grossed out during the entirety of the movie. But I was grossed out and fascinated. Dumpster diving to feed your family? Ew.
Turns out, the point the film made wasn’t about poverty, depression, or the bum subculture; it’s about waste. Why, in a nation of overproduction and overconsumption, would any conscientious part of society elect to throw away large quantities of unspoiled, unused food when there are so many hungry people in the world? I was surprised to learn that the culprit Seifert primarily focused on was Trader Joe’s – a company I’ve always considered to be health, community and environment friendly (to get in on the campaign to fix this glitch in their policy, mail a letter).
I walked away from the film with a new appreciation for salvaged goods, and for the people that are willing to go there. Cheers to Jeremy Seifert and his dumpster-diving cohorts. It’s a should-see for everyone.