Wow.. I just watched a great documentary last night called Dive. And it’s about what you think.. dumpster diving for food. Right now it’s playing on Netflix.. you should definitely watch it if you have access.
Would you do it? Does it gross you out? Fascinate you? The movie was very interesting, it gave a statistic (which I have not researched) that between farming, production, sales.. then into the dumpster Americans waste 50% of the food they produce. That is a staggering amount.. and really sad when you thing of the people who don’t have enough.
I find it most interesting that just the act of putting it in the dumpster is what makes the food inedible to many people. Much of the food that is thrown out is not even past it’s expiration.. and even if it were it would probably still be fine. If they would let us walk in the store at closing time and load up our carts with nearly expired food for free many of us would be busting down the doors.
Also See: So I had to write to Rachael Ray today..
I watched in the movie them pull out package after package of meats (some organic) from a Trader Joe’s dumpster. One scene showed an entire bag of $15 (probably organic) chickens.. tossed to make way for fresher food. There were bags of produce, packaged salads.. it goes on.
Some of this food is donated.. I know it is because I have seen it locally.. but much is still wasted.
So.. would you dumpster dive if you knew in a night or two you could fill your freezer with meat for the year (as they did in the documentary). Another blog I read said that one guy found an entire case of unopened high quality olive oil.
If dumpster dive is not appealing to you how can you help cut down on food waste?
It’s a lot of “food” for thought.
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