When New York freegan Madeline Nelson goes supermarket dumpster-diving and comes up with a gigantic wheel of artisanal cheddar, or a bagful of frozen geese for roasting, or a dozen eggs and a 10-pound bar of chocolate, she's dabbling in the shallows of an ocean of wasted food so voluminous it defies imagination. Our city reportedly has a surplus of 50 million pounds of food a year, of which only 20 million is redistributed to the hungry—and the rest discarded. And as any good freegan can tell you, that waste is not just potato peelings and bits of gristle. Nelson says that in an average supermarket's dumpster, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, she expects to find "loads of produce, much of it in excellent condition . . . yogurt, cheese, bread, cakes, and cookies close to their 'sell by' date. Eggs, often nowhere near 'sell by,' but with one cracked egg in the dozen." The... More >>>