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Here’s some concerning food facts for everyone

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July 15, 2017

TOO fat, too thin — turns out we are just as picky with appearances when it comes to food on our supermarket shelves.

And thanks to an upcoming film night you can learn exactly what this means.

For food to appear on your supermarket’s shelves it has to meet certain requirements — ones that Echuca Food Store and Organics’ Kylie Haley said contribute to significant food wastage across the nation.

‘‘Things such as small bananas being rejected and food not even given the opportunity to reach it’s expiry date before being thrown out,’’ she said.

‘‘The food is all usable and people don’t even realise the percentage of food from your weekly shop that ends up in the bin — think about scraps and vegetable peelings.

‘‘Echuca Neighbourhood House has a ‘food is free’ project, where people with excess food can place it on a table for people who might not have enough to come and share — it encourages the sharing of excess produce and promotes gardening in public zones.

‘‘At our store we have a no wastage policy too and in light of Plastic Free July and the ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ we thought we could do something about it.’’

Partnering with the Campaspe Shire Council and Echuca Neighbourhood House, twin town residents will have the chance to see ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’.

The award-winning documentary follows its filmmakers to the bottom of a dumpster, looking for the sense in disposing of good food when the number of people without food security is rising.

Kicking off at 6.30pm on Thursday July 20 the community screening will be at Moama Anglican Grammar Hall with hot soup to be served on the evening — so in the spirit of no wastage, don’t forget to bring your own mug.

Tickets can be purchased from Echuca Food Store on High Street for $10.

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