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Dumpster Divers: Preventing Food Waste

A group of environmentalists from Highland Park are on a mission to save edibles that would have otherwise gone to waste.

These "dumpster divers" schedule regular dumpster diving tours, usually after normal shopping hours. Around midnight, the team makes it a mission to bring out the sanitary gloves and rummage through piles of unopened food from dumpsters throughout Southern California.

A recent U.S. Agriculture Department study found that of all the food produced for domestic consumption, 25 percent of it is thrown away.

Join host Val Zavala as she explores a growing subculture of dumpster divers in this episode of "SoCal Connected."

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Eric Einem, dumpster diver
  • Michel Breard, dumpster diver
  • Jeremy Seifert, director/producer, "Dive!"

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