JUST EAT IT: Envirohub project manager Liesel Carnie and Predator Free Bay of Plenty co-ordinator Emma Woods are looking forward to seeing the documentary on Friday. Photo James Sandbrook OB4680-01

OPOTIKI’S Deluxe Theatre is screening a documentary that it hopes will raise people’s appetite for conservation this weekend.

In conjunction with Envirohub Bay of Plenty the theatre will show the Eastern Bay-first screening of Just Eat It.

The documentary film focuses on food waste, showcasing how much food is wasted around the world on a large, and small, scale.

Envirohub project manager Liesel Carnie is expecting a good turnout given the local support for conservation.

“The Eastern Bay has a massive appetite for these kinds of events,” she says. “The film shows how big the issue really is.”

Liesel says the documentary highlights the volumes of edible but imperfect food that is being thrown out before reaching consumers.

“I find that people in the Eastern Bay and Opotiki are always really on board with food waste,” she says.

The issue also comes up in retail, where slightly damaged goods are deemed unfit for sale, or stocked foods that are past their use-by dates are taken to landfills which results in methane gas being released into the atmosphere.

“Sometimes we need to do the right thing, rather than the most affordable thing,” Liesel says.

While methane gas is not as plentiful as carbon dioxide, Liesel says it is more potent. Envirohub Predator Free Bay of Plenty co-ordinator Emma Woods says the documentary also sheds light on how, of the food produced worldwide, nearly 50 percent of it is thrown out.

“Perfectly good food is being thrown out in places people in need could benefit from it,” she says. “We produce more than enough food to feed everyone globally.”

Emma says it is important that everyone considers the little things they can do as individuals. “We’re hoping this documentary will help to raise awareness,” she says.

The screening will be at the Opotiki De Luxe Theatre on Saturday, from 5.30pm, with tickets available from Envirohub.org for $10 each.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz