Inspired by a curiosity about our country’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.


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5 Responses to “Dive! Living off America’s Waste”

  1. Eunice Farmilant says:

    I live in a small town in Montana where there is a local butcher (USDA certified) and come fall I am able to harvest hundreds and hundreds of pounds of wild game scraps (this year mostly elk) and bones to feed my critters. The game scraps are boiled and shredded for the chickens and cats; the bones get the meaty bones. Sometimes I make a rich stock from the joints and knuckles..

    The rest of the year thousands of pounds are thrown into the town’s dumpsters–as they will not allow the butcher to use the pig heads (these are full of usable meat regarded as a delicacy throughout much of the world) and get tossed into the dumpsters along with lots of organ meats and suet as well as bones..

    This happens all over this country –so much meat when animals are butchered is wasted–way before it ever reaches supermarket shelves.
    If I didn’t have access to some of this bounty it would be very difficult for me to feed a lot of my animals.

  2. Kevin Beair says:

    all because of the damn lawyers, 1 person gets sick & they’ll sue. the system is so mad that even if you have people sign a waiver they’ll still sue & win.

  3. amicus curiae says:

    in Aus we have stores that sell close to or expired products, its brilliant and we on low incomes can afford to fill a trolley for 1/4 of full price usually (or less)eg yoghurt at my local shop $7 for 500gm other shop 2 for $4 same product!
    whats even crazier..the cheap shops STILL make a profit.

    Merry Xmas Barb n Family
    hope alls well in your world:-)

  4. Monsanto likes to say that we need GMOs to feed the world. What about simply donating excess food to people who want it and are willing to take something five minutes past the expiration date? That would feed the world.

  5. Abe says:

    Throwing away good food is nothing new. When I was in high school some 40 + years ago, we’d hang out at the Red Barn just before closing and grab burgers or chicken they would dump at the end of the day.