Valentin Thurn
Valentin Thurn

Taste the Waste

Taste the Waste is a documentary about the worldwide destruction of food. Why do we throw away so much? And how can we stop this kind of waste?

Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half of the food is thrown away - most of it before it ever reaches consumers. Why are ever-greater quantities of food being destroyed? The film seeks explanations - from supermarket sales staff and managers to bakers, wholesale market inspectors, welfare recipients, ministers, farmers and EU bureaucrats.

It is a system that we all take part in, but there are also people who want to stop this incredible waste. And if they succeed, it could make a massive difference. If we were to save just half of the avoidable waste, it would have the same effect on the global climate as if we took one in four cars off our roads.

Film's website

Team Partner
Astrid Vandekerkhove, producer
Producer / Production Details
Schnittstelle Film and Thurn Film in co-production with WDR and NDR, in association with SVT, ERT, YLE, NRK, BOS Netherland, CREO Contents Korea, EED
Supported by MEDIA, KOCCA, and EZEF
Distributed by Telepool
Top Awards/Festivals
Prix Italia Award (2012)
Grand Prix at International Festival of Ecology and Environment Protection Films (2011)
Environmental media award of the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (2011)

Festival CinemAmbiente
Natur Vision Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Beirut International Film Festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona

Broadcast in 15 European Countries, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Korea.

Theatrical release in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.
Training Programme
Masterschool 2009