One of the things that interested me in the film I watched Monday, How to Cook Your Life, was a woman who “finds” food–in dumpsters and things that are either growing wild or in people’s yards that they aren’t using. She claimed that she eats extremely well and doesn’t pay a dime for her food.
Each year, 96 billion pounds of food is thrown away in the U.S. How many homeless and hungry people could be fed on just what we throw away?
I found this movie called Dive, and it’s about the food we waste and the people who are engaged in acts of civil disobedience to save it. Now some of these folks who dumpster dive for food are just hungry and/or poor. They need food and this is the only way they can get it. But others are engaged in this as a means of protesting the huge waste Americans participate in daily. And since dumpster diving is illegal, these people are breaking the law to stand up for what they believe in.
I don’t know anything about grocery store waste but I know a lot about waste in our house. Too much of it, in fact. I make meals that the kids won’t eat. Or I over-cook. Left-overs are ignored. Down the trash it goes. We compost some but not enough. Sometimes I buy too much. It rots without being eaten. Or we get super busy or go out of town unexpectedly. Then there’s too much food sitting around and much of it has ruined. How to find this balance? This is a hard question but I’ve often thought that if we were growing all this food ourselves (eating only what we grow) we’d be a lot better about not wasting our food.