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September 1, 2012

The short documentary ‘Taste the Waste of Water’ was launched at the World Water Week to highlight the issue of water and food waste. The film is produced by the award-winning filmmaker Valentin Thurn, Schnittstelle, Thurn GbR, Germany in collaboration with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


The film highlights the relationship between food waste and water waste. For example, from the SIWI: "If losses and waste of food are reduced by half, the potential water savings only from irrigation would be in the order of 450 cubic kilometers globally. That is equivalent to six times the annual flow of Nile water into Lake Nasser or more than half the amount of water used by the industrial sector globally. This precious water could be better used to support aquatic and other environmental functions and also used to satisfy other urgent needs in society...Reducing losses and waste of food, and thus water and other resources, requires joint and coordinated actions across the supply chain, from producers to the beneficial use of the produce and in dialogue with policy makers."

Valentin Thurn

Email from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to The Communication Initiative on August 29 2012.