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In a capitalist system money and profit is more important than people.
Capitalists keep prices high by artificial scarcity of resources, under production and destruction of unsold goods.
It is not in their best interest to let people take the unsold resources as this will lead to less profits. There is as many resources destroyed, for one reason or another, than are sold.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
And in todays "world gone completely insane" news...
This is another story which shows what a truly mad world we live in.
People are increasingly going jobless and hungry, and not only is this company WASTING tons of food, but someone gets ARRESTED for trying to feed themselves with some of this food which had been discarded, and laying on the street?!?
Our 'modern' society is absolutely mentally ill and bass ackwards to the nth degree...There is something so wrong with this on SO many levels I can't even wrap my head around it...
(visit the link for the full news article)edit on 12-2-2011 by DimensionalDetective because: (no reason given)
* La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues et de voler du pain. - Anatole France
* The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Originally posted by TV_Nation
Originally posted by ramuh
So I guess"Freeganism"hasn't caught on where you live? There are families out there that get most if not all their food this way. I saw a program on TV a few months ago about a group of Freegans in New York that go around to grocery stores and bakeries after they close and go through the garbage ,and find amazing amounts of perfectly good food .freegan.info...
edit on 12-2-2011 by ramuh because: (no reason given)
Freeganism is a pretty cool practice I watched a lot of videos about it on Youtube and I was shocked by the amount of perfectly good food that was thrown away. I was even more shocked when I found out that the biggest offenders of throwing away edible food was stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes considering they act like they are out to save the planet and all that mumbo jumbo.
I was really thinking about going dumpster diving to see what it was all about but never worked up the nerve to actually do it.
Originally posted by kaleshchand
Originally posted by TV_Nation
On the other hand if it was me I would not have banked it.
me neither, i'd of found some safe place to stow it
Originally posted by mysterioustranger
I worked at a large mid-western University Hospital on campus. They would cut the ends off hams, roasts, cheese blocks and throw those away. Also they would thaw out say 72 chicken breasts but only cook 40. Yep. You guessed it. Throw the other 32 thawed breasts out. Rolls. pies, breads, deserts, buns etc. Over what they needed each day? Thrown in trash. Some would get picked up by a food bank, but the majority tossed.
Now, If anyone went into the trash and unwrapped those hams and turkey and cheese ends (a couple pounds or more at least each one)or took those rolls? It was considered stealing and I could be fired.
Guess what? I got home buns, and cheese ends, and hams and 36...THIRTY SIX chicken breasts (which had to be cooked right away at home ie; baking, broiling, barbecuing, shredding because they were already thawed)...but I did, and gave it all to a few families and college friends living with us in a large campus rooming house.
Hey. It was over 10 years ago, so screw them. I put all that into a gym bag and tried not to slump over on the way to the bus which I road and then walked home.
It is an absolute crime that woman got into any trouble. If its in the garbage... today...you can be fired for stealing from the employer. Good or not. Thats absolutely shameful........
For the most part, it comes down to, don't get caught. I've had good meals from discarded food in my college days, when I often had maybe $1 to my name. I just managed to do it frequently, and not get caught.
Originally posted by zooplancton
this has irked me for a long time.
20 years ago I used to work at walmart as a 2nd job so I could pay for my phone card and skiing.
I was told to pour motor oil over the expired various foods and chocolates from see's candies in the dumspter.
I never got it. why can't this go to people whom can get a tiny bit of desparate substance from this.... so f'ing sad... I hope we DO get to experienice a major "event" so that the tptb get to take this all into perspective...
I worked at a walmart and was told likewise, never did it, usually took it home, and never got fired, I gave my 2 weeks during one of their evaluations to go work as a chef for awhile
edit on 13-2-2011 by Gren because: (no reason given)