The topic of food waste is getting more and more attention these days—and for good reason. In the US, 40% of the food produced ends up in the trash. Meanwhile, 42 million people in the US alone struggle to get enough food, and 795 million people world-wide face hunger. Not only is food waste contributing to the national and global hunger crisis, it perpetuates serious environmental issues like deforestation and climate change. For this reason, Anthony Bourdain found it necessary to address the issue in the brand new food waste documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.
Food systems around the world have become increasingly wasteful with the consequences associated with food waste have simultaneously grown in severity. But the trend doesn't have to continue. It turns out that a lot of what we throw away is perfectly edible and often delicious. When we neglect to use parts of foods falsely deemed useless, we're actually missing out on extra nutrition and flavor.
Watch Trash Turn into Treasure
One of the most exciting things about this food waste documentary is that it features world-renowned esteemed chefs like Massimo Bottura and Dan Barber from Netflix's Chef's Table, as well as the Food Network's Mario Batali and James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef, Danny Bowien. Not only do these leading chefs prove that the parts of meat and plants we often throw away are indeed edible, they show that a little creativity can easily transform things we typically reject as trash into delicacies worth drooling over.