“Food Not Bombs: Dumpster divers use food to build community in inner Brisbane”

Abc.net.au – Mar 2017 – Australia |

A group of Australian food warriors are taking to Brisbane’s bins in the fight against food waste.

It is no secret that huge amounts of food are thrown out by supermarkets on a weekly basis as ‘use-by’ and ‘sell-by’ dates are met. Although the packaging may now define the food as inedible, a growing global movement known as ‘Food not bombs’ is challenging this assumption.

In Brisbane’s faction of the group, young men and women meet on Friday evenings to carry out their rescue missions. They do not seek permits or allowance from the supermarkets to carry out their work, they rely on speed and cunning to be in and out before their presence is noted. The food they are able to recover is then turned into meals for the hungry and needy.

The group hopes that their actions will cause a much bigger stir within society, outside of food waste. They are about promoting a new way of thinking about our lives and communities, and the way we engage with food. For them, food is much more that just something you eat. It is an opportunity to build friendships, learn new skills and create memories.

Is this something  you would consider doing, or have already done? Is this something we should be celebrating?

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