FOOD FIGHTER: Earth’s Food Wastage Revolutionist

As most of you know I am both a food and a film critic imperfectly balancing my Gemini nature between two things at once. It was a treat to combine both on Sunday night to walk the yellow carpet for the lady who bleeds yellow blood. Ronni Kahn is the Founder, CEO, and Force behind the thriving charity in Australia and now other parts of the world, OZHARVEST. FOOD FIGHTER is a documentary production that followed the dynamo, Ronni, for two years as she tried to solve world hunger and travelled all over the world to champion the cause. This woman is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met and deserves a Nobel Peace Prize and more – it is humbling witnessing someone with so much dedication and belief in her vision, it is globally infectious.

FOOD FIGHTER will be releasing on a tour with Ronni and Director Dan Goldberg from this Thursday 7th June, deets below. It runs for 86mins and is rated M.


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Ronni Kahn at Banana Plantation




Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, trading capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004.

OzHarvest is now Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting over 100 tonnes of good food every week and delivering it to more than 1300 charities, making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable men, women and children.

Filmed over two years and across four continents, FOOD FIGHTER follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding the government to account in Australia.


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Food Fighter: Fill Bellies Not Bins



In Australia:

•      The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year
•      4 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 8,400 Olympic sized swimming pools
•      One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year
•      35% of the average household bin is food waste
•      3.6 million people experienced food insecurity in the last year
•      Over 650,000 people now receive food relief each month; one quarter are children

The World:

•      There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone
•      One third of all food produced is lost or wasted – around 1.3 billion tonnes of food –  costing the global
economy close to US $750 billion each year
•      An estimated 795 million people go hungry every year
•      If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million
hungry people
•      Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted
•      8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste
•      If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China
•      Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent of taking one in
four cars off the road
•      Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90-minute shower.


Food Fighter Ronni Kahn Dumpster Diving image
Ronni Kahn Dumpster Diving



I am incredibly biased when it comes to this movie. I am a supporter of OzHarvest and believe passionately in what Ronni and OzHarvest do. If there was more people like Ronni in the world it would be a better place. She does nothing but good for the world, the environment, food itself, and underprivileged people. I bow to the queen!

As a documentary Dan Goldberg makes a damn fine film. He had to debate and argue with Ronni to get a lot of what was filmed into the movie. His vision was paramount in getting FOOD FIGHTER made. Originally it started as a film purely on food wastage, it slowly evolved into a documentary on a truly inspiring powerhouse of a woman.

While Ronni might be heavily opinionated, incredibly business (and politically) savvy and quite vocal she didn’t ever think it would be on film for the entire world, including her business partners, to see. It was wonderful that Goldberg went head to head on this with her. It is her vulnerability and her passion, including her highs, lows, and everything in between that has made her so successful, the world needed to see this side of her.


Food Fighter Ronni Kahn inspecting Thailand's Dumps image
Ronni Kahn inspecting Thailand’s Dumps



Head on over to OZ HARVEST and the SIGN UP for the FIGHT FOOD WASTE INITIATIVE. It is all logical stuff you are well aware of, it just helps you with ideas to help yourself and the planet. Clickety click HERE.



Ronni Khan and FOOD FIGHTER director Dan Goldberg begin a series of Q&A screenings around the country in Perth on June 7.

    • Thursday 7 June 6pm – Village Rivoli (Melbourne)
    • Friday 8 June 6pm – Village Bendigo
    • Saturday 9 June 3pm – Village Geelong
    • Sunday 10 June 6.30pm – Event Innaloo (Perth)
    • Monday 11 June 6.30pm – Event Marion (Adelaide)
    • Tuesday 12 June 6pm – Village Cinemas Albury
    • Wednesday 13 June 6.30pm – Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra)
    • Thursday 14 June 6.30pm – Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast)
    • Friday 15 June 6.30pm – BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast)
    • Saturday 16 June 6.30pm – Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane)
    • Sunday 17 June 6.30pm – Event Cairns City (Cairns)

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FOOD FIGHTER is a highly inspirational movie that looks at a larger than life lady that constantly battles the people of the world to better their own planet. Get off your ass and go and see FOOD FIGHTER if you can. If you miss it FOXTEL has picked it up and will release it but no date as yet. And it is the simplest thing you will do today – SIGN UP and become a FOOD FIGHTER and do your part to help the planet and its future generations.





 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the  industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

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