I like seeing what I can come up with via “reduce, reuse, and recycle,” but I am still very squeamish around the thought of pulling my food out of a dumpster.  (Honestly, I think I will have to go along and see that whatever food is nabbed is not originally covered with filth, before I am converted to the idea that dumpster food=good.  I know what our trash looks like going to the dumpster; I don’t want to climb in and find it back…)  I know that many people survive thanks to what others throw out.  I also know that we hate to throw out any food that may have a little bit of flavor/quality left as we try to stretch our dollars out as far as we can.

The art of dumpster diving came up at my simplicity book club last week and I’ve been stuck on whether I need to embrace it to live [more] simply.  I know that Denver’s Metro Care Ring picks up produce, breads, and other items whose “sell by” date has passed to give away to those in need.  I found this article by Corbyn Hightower which gave some pointers, suggestions, and explanations for diving in.  “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dumpster” talks a little bit about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that was signed into law in 1996, relieving grocery stores of incidental harm that may come from sharing food waste.  I wish there were a more efficient and widespread transportation and distribution mechanism, like Metro Care Ring has, instead of dumpster diving, but I guess we’ll have to see how my attitude towards recycled food changes in the future.

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