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JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORYDirected by Grant Baldwin2014 CANADA 75 minTEACHER’S GUIDEThis guide has been designed to help teachers and students enrich their experience of JUST EATIT: A FOOD WASTE STORY by providing support in the form of questions and activities. Thereare a range of questions that will help teachers frame discussions with their class, activities forbefore, during and after viewing the film, and some weblinks that provide starting points forfurther research or discussion.The FilmThe FilmmakersIn The Clean Bin Project, Jen Rustemeyer and GrantBaldwin attempted to produce zero waste in an examinationof our throw-away society. As a followup, they turn theireye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stopbuying groceries and for six months to survive exclusivelyon discarded food. The myths behind corporate foodproduction and marketing make for easy pickings as thedirectors dismantle best-before dates and show how ouridea of “perfect produce” encourages us to discard perfectlyedible and nutritious food—collateral damage in an ageof food security headlines. Living as freegans (on mostlyorganic food!), their stockpile of found food demonstrateshow the supply and demand chain is out of sync. It becomesimmediately apparent this is a widespread problem withsimple solutions. Unlike many environmental films thatportray apocalyptic outcomes or make viewers feel helpless,Rustemeyer and Baldwin’s personal investment makesmajor sustainability issues comprehensible, solvable anddelicious. Alexander RogalskiDirector/Editor Grant Baldwin’s background is in composingmusic for film and television. He directed the featuredocumentary The Clean Bin Project (2010), which won ninefestival awards and toured internationally. Just Eat It is hissecond feature film.A spatial analyst by trade, Producer Jen Rustemeyer isalso a writer, producer and zero-waster. She is the womanbehind the Clean Bin Project blog, and she produced the2010 film of the same name which documented a yearliving with zero waste. She has spoken around the world onthe topic of recycling and waste reduction, including a touracross Canada by bicycle with The Clean Bin Project film. Jenspends her fair share of time both in front of and behind thecamera, and can be found researching, recycling and makingthings from scratch. Just Eat It is her second feature film.Source: package written and compiled by Dimitra Tsanos([email protected])Source: http://www.hotdocs.ca1

VIEWING THE FILM WITH STUDENTSThe following three subsections are intended to provide you with a range of pre-viewing, viewingand post-viewing activities. They are followed by a set of questions based upon the film’s largerthematic domains, some follow-up questions and quotations, sample curricular outcomes, and apage of weblinks for further investigation.Pre-Viewing ActivitiesShow students the trailer and/or poster for the film foundon the film’s website ( Havestudents work in small groups to try and identify themes orideas conveyed by the trailer. As a larger group, discuss withstudents how effective/affective the trailer is as a media piece.Print several of the questions or quotations from theExtension Activities section of this guide on individualsheets of paper. Have students work in small groups or withpartners to discuss if they agree with the ideas.Set a purpose for viewing by having a discussion about oneor more of the questions or quotations from the ExtensionActivities section of this guide. Have them share the statementand what they think or believe about it with the class.Have students calculate their ecological footprint onlineusing Earth Day Network ( Have students print screen their resultsinto a document and type a short response to reduce theirfootprint. Make sure to have them analyze the food sectionseparately and discuss some of the problems and solutionsfor that category. Take it up as a class.Have a class discussion about dumpster diving. An articlefrom the Globe and Mail titled “How to Save Money onFood? Stop Wasting it” discusses the new movement -on-food-quitwasting-it/article584635/). CBC includes a photo essayabout a group of young people in a suburb of St. John’s,Newfoundland who take up the activity. ve a class discussion about food waste. Begin by showingstudents a clip from CBC’s The National titled “Good FoodWasted” from October, 2012. The clip includes informationabout Second Harvest and interviews of Grant and Jenfrom the film ( Shows/The National/ID/2285894452/). A report from November,2010 discusses Canada’s food waste, and includes usefulgraphs and statistics which can start a discussion 013/04/FoodWaste-in-Canada-112410.pdf).Have students complete a lifecycle assessment of a foodproduct in groups of four on large chart paper. Have themcreate a flowchart showing the inputs and outputs from seedto table. The book Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things,by Alan Thein Durning and John C. Ryan, discusses the topicand contains useful examples and statistics.Have a class discussion about the concept of a foodprint whichis the land required to produce food individuals consume.To help with the discussion, the FAO has a news article listingways to reduce individual foodprints e/) and Think.Eat.Saveincludes a list as well p-your-food-bill-and-food-print-down).Viewing ActivitiesHave students define foodprint. They can use a wordorganizer, by dividing a box in four. In each of the four boxes,have them write in one corner the following: Definition,Non-examples, Examples and Use in a sentence. Ask the classtheir opinion about food waste and how they could reducetheir foodprint. Take it up as a class.Have students jot down five ideas for discussion, or questionsthat the film raised in their minds.Have students complete the PBS viewing guide ondocumentaries ing%20Guide.pdf). Students can revisit theircompleted documents as a Post-Viewing Activity.2

The film is organized into five thematic chapters: Perfection,Mindset, Consequence, Recovery and Change. Have studentsdefine each one and jot down ideas or questions broughtup in the film.a campaign which includes posters, announcements andother forms of communication to the school. The assignmentand rubric, titled Stop Wasting Food! School MovementCampaign, can be found on the following pages.Have students use a Venn diagram to compare the lifestyleand mindset of Jen and Grant to their own.Post-Viewing ActivitiesShow the students their quotations from the Pre-ViewingActivity and see if their opinions were changed, alteredor enhanced by the film.Assign some of the questions and quotations from theExtension Activities section of this guide for homeworkto be taken up the next day in class. Check for completion.Have students complete an exit note (a single small sheetof paper with one phrase or idea written on it) thatdemonstrates one thing they have learned, felt or decidedas a result of watching the film.Discuss with students their initial reactions to the variousscenes and situations addressed in the film.Have students research international organizations whosemain objective is to reduce food waste. Food Cycle is anexample from the United Kingdom that can be used to startthe conversation and spark some discussion ( students investigate their food waste by mappingand charting their ingredients used at home. The Guardianhas a lesson plan with activity sheets for studentsto complete from pages nine-13. ste-schools-FINAL.pdf?guni lock:Position4:anchor%20image). Havestudents share their results in groups of three. Then take itup as a class.Have students create a food waste reduction schoolcampaign. Begin by showing students an example of aninfographic from The Guardian’s Live Better Challenge whichincludes a Food Waste Challenge to readers 014/mar/02/watchyour-waste-150-infographic). Students will need to make3

Websites and Online ResourcesAbout the Film ResourcesFeeding the 5K: The campaign aims to empower and inspirethe global community to enact positive solutions to theglobal issue of food waste. and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Anarticle titled “Food Waste Harms Climate, Water, Land andBiodiversity” discusses the topic in a UN 0/icode/Natural Resources Defense Council: The Americanenvironmental group is involved with addressing foodand agriculture issues and cutting back on food waste.A fact sheet thoroughly examines US statistics andsolutions to the problem. Harvest: Toronto-based organization feedsthe hungry by picking up and preparing excess fresh foodand delivering it to social service agencies. Talks: A talk from May, 2012 titled “The Global FoodWaste Scandal” by Tristram Stuart, who was interviewedin the film. The 14-minute clip discusses the issuesaround wasted food. stuart the global foodwaste scandal?language enThe Story of Stuff: A series of short online movies examiningour consumption habits, how our lifestyle impacts theenvironment and the sustainable solutions for change. The campaign of the Save Food Initiativeis aimed at tackling the problem of food waste and foodloss worldwide. Nations Environmental Program: A subsection oneducation, lifestyle and youth encourages young citizensto be sustainable consumers who are more responsibleand educated on leading sustainable pxWasted Food: A blog about food waste written by authorJonathan Bloom, who wrote American Wasteland and wasinterviewed in the film.www.wastedfood.comYouTube: A clip titled “The Supermarket Experience” bycomedian Jerry Seinfield. The clip was partially shownin the film and discusses expiry dates in a comical fashion. QOmSQfYB1iEVarious Links for Lesson Plan Ideas,Media Awareness, Critical Literacy andDocumentary FilmsCenter for Media Literacy: A US website which provides severalresources for making, understanding and criticizing media.http://www.medialit.orgHot Docs’ Looking at Documentaries: A teaching guidethat sets out questions designed to help teachersinclude the study of documentary film in their curriculum.Free PDF download. for schools monthly/resource materialsMedia Awareness: A Canadian nonprofit media educationand internet literacy resource library. National Film Board of Canada: On this site is an areawith teaching resources and short documentary films thatcan be used as teaching aids.http://www.nfb.caUsing Docs in The Classroom: A teacher librarian’s personalwebsite where there are excellent resources for teachingwith documentary films. docs in the classroom.htm4

Extension ActivitiesAdditional Questions for Pre-Viewingor Post-Viewing ActivitiesWhy do Grant and Jen complete this challenge for six months?Why not 10 years? What is the point of the challenge?What are some reasons we have so much food waste inCanada? Take a look at your own food waste at home andexplain some of the reasons for the problem.Explain how food waste is found all along the production linefrom seed to table.How can we reduce the amount of food waste in our ownhomes? List three solutions from the film.Are aesthetics important to you when you buy and eatproduce? Do you ever eat fruit or vegetables with blemishesor bruises on them? Would it bother you if a banana had adifferent curvature or if a zucchini had a slight bulge in themiddle of its body?Should supermarkets have a separate dumpster for wastedfood for people to better access?Littering and not recycling is considered taboo. Why is foodwasting acceptable? Why have our values changed whenyou compare them to our parents or grandparents? How docultural norms change?Why is it important to know where your food comes from?Why do we have expiry dates on our food? Have you evereaten something past its due date?Why isn’t more food donated or used in a more constructiveway? What needs to change?5

Quotations From the Film to Explore1.“Some of it is, ‘I don’t want that, do I really wantleftovers from last night? Nothing wrong with thefood, it’s probably going to taste okay, but I had it lastnight and so I have to have it again tonight? We’vegot enough money to buy a whole brand new meal,’ sothat’s part of it, a wealthy society“ Grant’s brother2.“If this was what I had, and there was an hourleft in the market, that one