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Taste the Waste | A Sustainable Learning Series feat. the Documentary “Trash Empire” at the World Bank

February 10, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Please join us for a documentary screening of Trash Empire,

followed by a discussion on Food Loss and Waste.


Trash Empire  Short/Documentary  35 mins

Over the past two years filmmaker William Reid has only spent $5.50 on food. He survived off of food from the dumpster. Now he’s on a mission to better understand what is going on. Throughout the film he leverages the absurdity of his diet to gain access to key people in government and industry while he explores the underbelly of American agriculture. The central question that Trash Empire seeks to answer is ‘How can we provide more nutritious food to people in need while creating less waste?’


Discussion and Q&A – 50 mins  

Did you know that approximately one third of all food is wasted? To put this in perspective, if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest GHG emitter – surpassed only by China and the United States. This is a problem shared by both industrialized and developing countries. Join us for a discussion on how countries are contributing to and bearing the costs of food loss and waste. What will it take to tackle this massive challenge, and how can we, as individuals and as a society, contribute to the solution?



Juergen Voegele, Global Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank



  • Geeta Sethi, Adviser, Agriculture GP, World Bank
  • William Reid, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Kate Urbank, DC Site Director of Food Rescue US


Date: February 10, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: Free


Venue Name: World Bank room J1-050
Address: 1850 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States

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