Jeremy Seifert and his friends eat trash on a regular basis. They are not homeless. They’re 30-something, Angelenos, who rescue enormous amounts of foods from Los Angeles’ supermarket dumpsters and eat it. Sound crazy? It is. But the crazy part is not Seifert, it’s the 96 BILLION pounds of food that we waste in America every year.

“…we’re feeding our landfills as much as our country…Why is all this food being thrown out and not given to people who need it?”

Seifert saw first hand how much food grocery stores threw away. He learned that half of all the food prepared in the US and Europe never gets eating. Seifert decided that this underbelly of our society needed to be exposed and he created a documentary appropriately named, Dive! Below is the 2-minute trailer for the film which has been showing nationwide at film festivals and private screenings since 2009.

Dive! Trailer from Compeller Pictures on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, I missed the Southern California screening, but I hope to see it soon once it’s more widely available. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the trailer:

“I believe in what I’m doing. I’d be proud to say I got arrested for eating somebody’s waste. That’s where the conflict comes between what I believe is just and what is legal. This is a totally ‘outside the system’ way of living.”

“854 million people in the world go hungry. In the United States even our trash cans are filled with food. You just have to go get it.”

Seifert wants to go beyond the movie and rally people to help reduce food waste. On the movie’s website, he has a section called, “EAT TRASH Campaign to End Food Waste.He chose Trader Joe’s as the store to start with and launched a letter-writing campaign to petition TJ’s to adopt a corporate policy that ends food waste. From the website:

The letter campaign to ask Trader Joe’s to adopt a corporate policy to End Food Waste has officially begun! You can download and print the letter HERE, sign it and send it! Three minutes and .44 cents to change a corporation and punch food waste in the face! If you’re feeling really revolutionary, we recommend a handwritten letter. For those that long ago gave up on stamps and envelopes, please sign the online petition here. Let the grocery stores know that you care about food waste, the environment, and hungry people–and they should too!

I signed the Trader Joe’s petition last month and urge you to sign and/or send a letter. For such a creative and innovative grocery store, TJ’s should be leading the industry on food waste reduction.

Images above obtained from’s website