In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, there is a lot of food going to waste, and much of it is perfectly good and edible. One man in Milwaukee, Rob Greenfield, is raising awareness of the issue by dumpster diving and now he is bringing it to the attention of Fox News and its viewers. He started in San Diego biking across America. He wants people to be able to live “happy, healthy and free.” In order to do that, Americans need to be able to have access to healthy foods.
On his bike trip through Wisconsin, he started out eating healthy and locally grown foods along the way. By the third day, he was blown away by how much healthy food could be found in dumpsters and realized he could actually survive by consuming what food he finds.
When 1 in 7 Americans are not food secure and don’t know where their next meal will come from, there is no reason we should be throwing out perfectly good resources. $165 billion of food going into the dumpsters every year. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand until we see the problem laid out right in front of us, so Greenfield put together a little display of dumpster dive food in the news studio.
Before stopping in the news studio, Greenfield stopped at dumpsters at local grocery stores within a 10 mile radius of the studio. He was able to collect a wide selection of items to show. Among the items he found are fruits and vegetables, sealed juice bottles, and some sauce bottles not set to expire for another five years. Some of the food is expired, but much of it is not and the waste is inexcusable.
To be less wasteful, Rob and the news team offer three easy tips: 1) don’t worry about imperfections, 2) donate excess food and 3) compost bad food or give it to a farmer to use. Each person can make a difference, and he hopes that these grocery stores will start being more conscious about how much food they are disposing of.
Although Greenfield did not call out the stores where he found the waste, he asks us to participate in a citizen patrol. Go to dumpsters near local restaurants or grocery stores, take pictures of the wastefulness, and call out those places. Ask them to stop wasting good resources. Good food that is just going to be thrown out could be put to a better use, such as being given to a homeless shelter or food pantry to feed the needy.
Greenfield wants to make sure it is understood that he is not trying to get others to participate in dumpster diving. Instead, he hopes the community can come together to make sure less of this food ends up in the dumpsters in the first place.
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