So in that sense, it is probably a good thing that dumpster divers are saving some of that food from the landfills and are finding positive uses for it.But what is going to happen when the economy gets even worse and we start seeing fights over the food that has been left in dumpsters? government is helping feed over 45 million Americans through the food stamp program, but what is going to happen once the social safety net starts to break?
They call themselves “freegans”, and as the economy crumbles their numbers are multiplying.
Many freegans consider dumpster diving to be a great way to save money on groceries.
Food prices continue to rise and this is putting incredible stress on the budgets of average American families.
We just saw another huge rise in food prices during the month of August.
Just check out the following data from a recent article posted on The Economic Policy Journal….
The index for finished consumer foods jumped 1.1 percent (13.2 percent annualized) in August, the third straight rise.
If you are married and have a couple of children it can cost a lot of money to feed them every single month.
It is not hard to understand the allure of dumpster diving for people that are having a hard time making ends meet. We are constantly being bombarded with ads that tell us that we need more stuff in order to be happy.
Just check out the following example from a recent MSNBC article….
The truth is that dumpster diving is just another sign of the times.
During the recent economic downturn, the popularity of dumpster diving has exploded.