Fans of author and Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain will soon have the chance to catch him on the silver screen, as the globetrotter has announced a new documentary film project. The chef will be tackling the subject of food waste with the help of some culinary giants in a documentary titled Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, Variety reports.
Co-produced by the Rockefeller Foundation and Zero Point Zero Production (the company behind the PBS culinary series The Mind of a Chef) the film will focus on the food waste epidemic, which has recently drawn increased attention and scrutiny around the United States and world. Directors Nari Kye and Anna Chai will highlight the vast amount of food that is unnecessarily tossed each year, which is estimated to be around 1.3 billion tons—a whopping one-third of all man-made food.
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In recent years, food waste has become a pressing national matter, attracting the focus of celebrity chefs like Tom Colicchio, who took the issue to Congress in order to press for stricter regulations on expiration date labels. Many have suggested that confusing "sell by," "use by," and "best by" labels are partially to blame for food waste, and the Bourdain documentary will highlight this and other suspected food waste contributors.