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Old 03-05-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Even if someone can't get past eating from a dumpster, what about composting all this wasted food? Something's better than filling landfills with this.
It's not like it doesnt' compost in the landfills anyway. Bagels that have decomposed into dirt don't take up a lot of space.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Yes, the reason that this food is thrown away is because there are strict laws in place mandating that the food be thrown away.

Unfortunately, many times this excess could be avoided if someone had overseen the process to begin with.

I used to work at a Morrisons Cafeteria and they had stringent guidelines for their food preparation amounts. They kept data that tracked how much food was sold on each day and this gave them an idea on how much to prepare. They even track food sold at different times of the day. Example.. June 1 2007 they sold x amount of food during lunch and slowed down 2 hours before closing. On June 1 2008 they reasoned they could prepare a heavy load during lunch but not prepare as much later on. THis resulted in less food being thrown away.

My mom owns a restaurant and does this as well. Sometimes she will be burned either by not preparing enough or preparing too much, but on the whole she does just fine.

It all boils down to knowing the market and keeping records and planning. Good planning can indeed save thousands of dollars each month for these places.

Last edited by aiangel_writer; 03-05-2008 at 11:51 AM.. Reason: clarification
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Everett, Wa
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I have a (strange) little 20 year old cousin in Germany and she and her husband do this......they seem to be trying to be modern day hippies. What bothers me is that she's due to have a baby in May.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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Ick, no way would I do that. I girl I grew up with went through a rebellious stage ran away from home and was dating this total loser. I ran into her at the mall one time with the guy she was seeing, and they were going on and on about how well they were doing, why just the night before they found an entire uneaten pizza in the dumpster. Wow...I just couldn't imagine being forced to have to do something like that let alone choosing to do it. Sad.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Maine
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It's not like it doesnt' compost in the landfills anyway. Bagels that have decomposed into dirt don't take up a lot of space.
Compost isn't dirt and rotted food isn't useful in a landfill. We'd be at least a little bit less wasteful if we put all that food to good use.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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...they seem to be trying to be modern day hippies...(
That's proof of how things have gone downhill.

I was a hippie in the 60's.

Back then, we called people who ate out of dumpsters bums.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Oz
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I wouldn't be above snagging some veggies that didn't look bad, but I'd wave off on the cooked food or anything that needs refrigeration -- like dairy and raw meat. If it was day old bread products being put out, like the bagel shop mentioned, that wouldn't bother me either. But I have never thought about actively going out and dumpster diving for food. I do it all the time for building supplies, but that's different
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I would not get food or furniture out of a dumpster, but I get the point of what the freegans are saying.
It's a wake up call to all of us who waste. It's really just bad manners to take more than you need..over consume, over pollute, etc. It's an ugly trait that most of us are guilty of. I've noticed that although I have a closet full of clothes, I usually wear the same few things over and over...same with shoes.
I'm going to consciously try to think before I buy, to use things up, to mend things and to not be wasteful. Wastefullness is sort of obscene, when you really think about it.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:09 PM
 
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When it goes to landfill, food breaks down to produce methane, which is 23 times more powerful a greenhouse-effect gas than carbon dioxide.

Is there a US equivelant to the UK's FairShare? It re-distributes food that would otherwise go to waste, and saves businesses the costs of waste removal at the same time. FareShare: Delivering surplus food to people in need (http://www.fareshare.org.uk/index.html - broken link)

FareShare collects quality surplus food from wholesalers, retailers and caterers, and deliver it to projects that are registered with FareShare and meet acceptable standards. FareShare contributes towards 3.3 million meals to 12,000 people in over 420 community projects.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Whereas when it goes to compost, it breaks down to produce methane...

And when it gets processed in our digestive tracts, it breaks down to produce methane (unless you magically don't fart...)

There's just not a lot of avoiding the fact that some portion of food ends up as methane.
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