Today at The Clinton: Thursday, Feb 27

Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream

Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream


food waste mom and son

It’s estimated that a third of all food produced, amounting to nearly $1 trillion dollars every year and 1.3 billion tons in weight, is never eaten. Not only could this wasted food feed the world’s 805 million hungry people more than four times over, it is one of the planet’s biggest environmental problems.

Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream highlights that the issue of food insecurity is not through a lack of resources – it is logistical. For this reason, Under 30 leader Komal Ahmad of Copia calls food waste “the world’s dumbest problem.”

The documentary’s driving mission is to inspire people to copy successful models, which will benefit non-profits and entrepreneurs alike – not just beneficiaries of the world’s Robin Hoods.

“Unfortunately, at this point in history, there is so much waste to go around that it’s become a resource,” direct Karney Hatch says. After people watch the documentary, he wants them “to get out of their seats and feel like they can either go support one of the projects they’ve seen in the film, or even go start their own.”

Q&A with director Hatch after the screening, along with a performance by Megan Alder, the local musician who created the soundtrack.

Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream
Karney Hatch
United States
90 minutes

When documentary filmmaker Karney Hatch started visiting Heart 2 Heart Farms in Sherwood, Oregon, he was astounded to witness the five million pounds of food the owners rescue from its trip to landfill every year.

“Even after having visited the farm many times,” he says, “it still takes my breath away to drive up and see 10,000 pounds of fresh nectarines or pallet after pallet of avocados, fresh off the truck.”

And this is just a small fraction of the bigger picture nation- and world-wide. “The scope of the problem is just enormous,” he says.

This gave Hatch the inspiration for a new documentary, “Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream”.

The film examines scalable solutions to the problem of food waste through interviews with a large cast of leading crusaders including Tristram Stuart, “the godfather of the food waste movement,” food waste warrior Dana Gunders, and Ben Simon of Imperfect Produce.

“One moment that really crystallized the problem for me,” Hatch says about this film, was when the Heart 2 Heart farm’s cofounder, Tyler Boggs, noted that every week, several truckloads of edible produce headed to landfill go past a nearby school with children who are on free or reduced lunch.

“I mean, this is not rocket science,” he adds. “This is low-hanging fruit when it comes to solvable problems.”

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