Okay. I will admit it. I joined a group of Freegans last week to investigate consumer waste in Manhattan. I was followed by cameras and reporters with the Associated Press. What I discovered was astonishing. Absolutely astonishing.
I joined a a group of about seven people, a Columbia grad student and others, some committed activists. We stopped at three different supermarkets at around 9:30 p.m. on the East Side of Manhattan. I guess grocery garbage is nicer there. We found fresh strawberries, bananas with barely a spot on them, 80 pounds (!) of same-day old bread from Tribeca Oven, Italian basil, buffala mozzarella, organic sugar plum grape tomatoes, and salads, all that still had days left before they were to "expire." I had honestly never seen such nice produce in trash bags.
A few folks in the group regularly cook a community meal out of the food found in the "trash."
If you have a dumpster diving group in your town, go out one night with your kids. Or organize one, and let your local paper know what your group will be doing. Note: dumpster diving alone is a *bad* idea.
I am both grateful to live in the bountiful country that I do, and embarassed that we take so much for granted.