靠食廚餘足可生存?

世界仍有不少地方的人飽受飢餓之苦,但也有一些地方每天製造無數的廚餘,到底那些被浪費的食物可以救活多少人?WILLIAM REID的例子也許能告訴我們。

(來源:CTV NEWS)

How can you survive spending $2.75 a year on food?

William Reid doesn't believe in the five-second rule.

The dumpster-diving grad student says his trashy taste in food has helped him reduce his eating costs to US$2.75 a year, as he tries to call attention to the issues of food shortages and waste.

Reid says he routinely visits restaurant and grocery store dumpsters in search of his next meal, then brings the food home to be washed and consumed.

A lot of people think that there's a method and that this is difficult," he told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. "It's not. It's just a matter of going around back and looking inside a bin."

Reid has been getting his food from dumpsters since 2014, when he started his garbage-meal lifestyle as an experiment. At the time, he was soliciting businesses for extra food to serve to those in need.

"During that time it started to occur to me that a lot of places that weren't donating to us probably had a lot of good food that they were throwing out," Reid said.

The American University student says he spent five months dumpster-diving for food and keeping it to himself, before deciding to use his story to raise awareness about food shortages.

"There is a lot of need in the United States for healthy, good fruits and vegetables among the poor and homeless," he said. "This problem is really rampant, and the amount of food and the quality of the food that I'm finding, I think, would surprise a lot of people."

He added that he occasionally offers others food plucked from the trash, but not without telling them first. He says his colleagues at the Washington Public Library will often eat candy that he brings in, although they had a few misgivings early on.

Reid says he's not concerned about getting sick from dumpster food. In fact, he says he's never felt sick after eating a meal taken from the garbage.

"I'm just getting food like you would be eating," he said. "The last thing on my mind is its presence in the dumpster."

(來源:中時電子報)

美國研究生靠吃垃圾過活 兩年伙食費不到200元

在美國,超市總會把已經過期的食品,集成一袋扔到垃圾桶去,一名就讀華府大學(American University)的研究生看到後,竟然突發奇想,竟然每天到超市附近的垃圾桶,翻找裡面的食物來解決「三餐」,兩年下來,他已經變成了垃圾桶的「忠實顧客」,飲食費只花了約5.5美元(約176元台幣),而且都沒生病。

這名年輕人是主修電影與媒體的研究生,威廉瑞德(William Reid),他自爆從2014年8月份開始,他就會去超市的垃圾桶翻找食物,他說:「我跟其他人的生活方式比較不一樣,當大家在超市逛逛時,我則相反,我會去垃圾桶晃晃,你可以想像嗎?裡面各種東西你都能找到,蔬菜、水果、肉、雞蛋、牛奶和糖果……。」這些豐富的「美食」,不用花半毛錢就可以吃到。

這段期間,威廉只有兩次吃過「非垃圾」食品,主要是因為他去馬里蘭州,對當地不熟不敢貿然翻垃圾桶(在美國,有些城市也將垃圾桶納入私人財產,隨意翻垃圾桶可能會吃上官司,或是被衛生局開單),共花了5.5美元(約176元台幣),買了一條巧克力棒和一袋餅乾。也因為他太愛翻垃圾桶,超市店員受不了,還會主動把過期食品拿給他,求他不要再來「騷擾」垃圾桶。威廉:「我很驚訝,垃圾桶裡面的食物水準這麼高,可是在美國,卻有四成的人連吃都有問題,有七分之一的家庭吃得很差。」

威廉表示,現在他要找到免費食物實在太容易了,為了找到更大的挑戰,他決定開始做一個「素食主義」者,此外,他打算蒐集這些過期品,捐贈給急需食物的貧困家庭。但他表示,自己並非鼓勵大家翻垃圾,只是想提醒大家珍惜食物,他的生活也將會被翻拍成紀錄片,預計在2017年12月在網路上播出。

再看看HKET的新聞,你會否感到很荒謬?

超市兩日內 棄200未過期麵包

正當不少基層家庭仍要為三餐苦惱,環保團體發現有超市兩日內,棄逾200個未過期麵包;有調查指近7成市民認為超市浪費食物情況嚴重,當中百佳更被推舉為「最應該立即減少食物浪費的超市」。

團體呼籲超市回收食物,並仿效海外推行免責條例,保障食物捐贈者。

地球之友昨於旺角行人專用區,展示逾200個未過期而被棄置的麵包及蔬菜、沙律等。環境事務主任馮詩麗稱,團體在過去兩日,從港島區某商場垃圾房,檢獲一批由百佳某分店棄置的新鮮食物;同時發現,九龍區仍有被超市棄置的水果有漂白水味。

馮批評百佳,一直以「棄置食物均已過期、腐爛」作托辭,不願考慮將食物捐贈;希望藉展示棄置食物,讓市民以肉眼判斷其是否確實已損毀︰「不要以為扔掉就沒人知道,希望能夠給予(百佳)壓力,使其將食物捐贈。」

百佳被指 最應該減少浪費

地球之友在6月於全港5區超市門外訪問了1,049位市民,發現67%受訪者認為超市浪費食物問題嚴重或非常嚴重,百佳更被推舉為「最應該立即減少食物浪費的超市」。

此外,76%受訪者覺得超市擔心食物安全及法律責任,而拒絕考慮捐贈食物是不合理的;逾700名受訪者認為超市可捐贈食物,以減少浪費。

馮建議超市將未過期食物捐予食物回收機構,可聘食物安全顧問,確保捐贈食物適宜食用;已過期、腐爛食物可作廚餘回收,用以堆肥。她期望政府仿效美國《好撒馬利亞人法》,推免責條例,保障食物捐贈者。

百佳發言人稱,相對外國同業,新鮮食品損耗量屬極低水平;不會捐贈不安全食物,會研究安全可行的減少食物渣滓措施;指不會在貨品噴漂白水。

惠康表示,將試行食物捐贈計劃,會參與環境保護署「廚餘循環再造合作計劃」,將廚餘轉化成肥料。

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