A Real Dive

Are you thrifty enough and environmentally committed enough to shop for food out back of the supermarket? Once thought to be the province of the truly down-on-their-luck and adventurous starving students, Dumpster diving for food has attracted (at least a couple of) people who dive as comment on our wasteful culture.

In an article in the Contra Costa Times, Berkeley, California, residents Cynthia Powell and Stephen Vajda talk about their lifestyle:

There is so much food thrown away and there are so many starving people in the world, it’s shameful to let it go to waste when it’s just as easy for me to eat it. It’s really disgusting when you have an apple (from a grocery store) with a blemish on it and people won’t buy it.

Perhaps what’s really new here is the mainstream-media attention, since groups like the Freegans and Food Not Bombs have long practiced the art of acquiring cast-off food for free to reduce their environmental footprint.

Luckily Vajda and Powell live in Berkeley, where law enforcement has a relaxed attitude toward this type of activity: “The biggest problem we have with people Dumpster-diving is they make a mess,” notes a spokesman for the Berkeley police department.

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