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February 12, 2018 -- Every year, about one third of the food produced for human consumption -- or some 1.3 billion tons -- is lost or wasted, according to a documentary that will be screened in Santa Monica this month.

"WASTED! The Story Of Food Waste," which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, will be shown Wednesday, February 28th, at 7 p.m. at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue.

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Using statistics, examples of policy changes in other countries and interviews with world renowned chefs who are preparing parts of animals not usually used for diner, the documentary aims to expose a crisis of waste in America and the world.

The waste, much of which ends up in landfills, contributes to greenhouse gases and is blamed for much of the hunger worldwide, according to the documentary.

"WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste," said officials from the City's Office of Sustainability, a co-presenter of the screening, "and shows us how each of us can make small changes -- all of them delicious -- to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century."

Starring chefs Anthony Bourdain and Danny Bowien, the film shares stories from other iconic chefs, including Dan Barber, Mario Batali and Massimo Bottura.

"Chefs are way out in front on hunger issues and food waste issues. Almost before anyone else," Bourdain said in an interview with USA TODAY. "It’s a fundamental instinct on the part of chefs who all came up in a system that abhorred waste and punished those who wasted out of financial necessity, out of tradition."

The film details efforts undertaken in other countries, such as Japan, which has been experimenting with farms that transform food waste into feed for pigs.

South Korea is levying fees on residents who waste food, which is separated like recyclables, and in 2016, France and Italy passed laws to reduce food waste.

"The film really outlines how other countries are handling the issue of food waste and they are making a difference," Bowien told USA Today. "I think that that is imperative to see what other people are doing and then look inward."

A Panel discussion featuring experts in the field will follow the screening.

Santa Monica residents, high school and college students and Sustainable Works members can register for free tickets HERE. Others can purchase tickets at Fandango

Attendees should arrive by 6:40 to guarantee a seat.

The event is presented by the City's Office of Sustainability and the Environment along and Sustainable Works and American Cinematheque.


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