We all know by now that a ton of food goes to waste. We experience it in our own homes, but it would be hard to imagine the scale that it is also happening in stores and restaurants. Often it comes down to the issue of liability for them and what they can and cannot sell. In our own homes though, it should come down to being careful to purchase only what you will eat, eat those leftovers and stay current on what is in your fridge. Would you believe that 1.3 billion tons of food gets thrown out every year? It is about one third of all food that is produced. Now the question is, what do we do to combat the issue. There are organizations and non-profits that work to get food that would otherwise be thrown out, to those individuals that need it. Just being conscious in your own home and setting a goal to not throw anything out will help. Would you be willing to go so far as to eat only food that was salvaged from a dumpster for a whole week. For some, this has become a lifestyle. While for others it is something interesting to try. Would you be up for the challenge? It could change the way you look at food consumption and waste or it may turn you off from eating for the week. You will never know until you try. If it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then start simpler, by keeping track of what is in your fridge, freezer and cupboards and using everything up before it goes bad.
It’s 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and I’m face-first in a supermarket dumpster after trespassing down an alleyway in central London. I’m not penniless or living on the street, and I’m not sifting through trash out of hunger or desperation. Joining a group that believes most food thrown out by shops shouldn’t be trash in the first place, I’m dumpster diving.