Hungry Beast: Apr 13

Episode Four of Hungry Beast tackles the subject on Waste and features reporters Marc Fennell and Monique Schafter auctioning off celebrity garbage (hi John Safran!) including Anthony Mundine’s boxing gloves, a calculator belonging to Kochie, a napkin discarded by Julia Stone and spent bullet casings from Bob Katter. Seriously.

Hungry Beast looks into the dirty, lucrative world of Celebrity Trash Pickers: The people who go through the wheelie bins of celebrities, or follow them in the street picking up their refuse. All in the hope that they might find Britney Spears’ chewing gum, which went for $14,000 on eBay or some of Justin Beiber’s hair which recently sold for $40,668 US dollars. Hoping to make a buck, Hungry Beast reporters Marc Fennell and Monique Schafter are searching Australia for famous rubbish. So far they’ve tracked down boxer Anthony Mundine and QLD independent Bob Katter… who else will they get? A week long auction will follow with all proceeds going to each celebrity’s preferred charity.

Australia’s sewerage systems are efficient at flushing away human waste. But when we press the button, are we wasting more than we think? Other countries have more sophisticated, 21st century views on turning poo into profit. In France, gas from human waste is being used to run buses. In China, bio-digesters are turning excrement into electricity. Both a serious issue and a chance to fit as many poo gags as is humanly possible into one story, the Hungry Beast team celebrates the creative approaches to recycling humanity’s biggest by-product, from its use in drug testing to medical research on whether it might aid the fight against bacterial infections.

Australians throw out 4.45 million tonnes of food each year. This week, The Beast File turns its attention to discarded leftovers, to meat never cooked, fizzy drink gone flat and packets of biscuits left in cupboards until they go stale. It examines the food we waste, and in turn, the food that is wasted in growing or breeding that food. Perfectly good fruit and vegetables are thrown away every day because they don’t look pretty enough for today’s consumers, including a third of the bananas and half of the mangoes we produce. And how much water does it really take to make a cup of coffee?

It airs 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1.

One Comment:

  1. Armchair Analyst

    This episode is quite revealing and to be honest shines i light on a part of australia that nobody wants to think about. The current medical research funding debate is just the begining. Australia does not innovate anymore especially in the industries vital to this country’s long term sustainability. I can remember the last time australia innovated anything which the whole world could use at least not in recent memory. THis episode of Hungry Beast should be watched by as many people as possible especially the youth because they will be left holding the bag when the money runs dry from the mining royalties. Sustainabilty and innovation should be the goals for any nation.

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