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I am obssessed with this blog. Every time it pops up in Google reader as having a new post, I immediately click. I just can’t get over the fact that these folks dumpster dive for their groceries. I also can’t believe how much I can’t believe it, since I work for an organization that RESCUES food that would typically end up in the garbage. That’s what food banks DO, for pete’s sake. And let’s be honest, a lot of the food we get doesn’t meet certain standards for whatever reason. Sometimes it’s short-coded or on the brink of expiration. Sometimes the packaging isn’t quite right or the labels are on upside down. Sometimes a store is just turning over their inventory and we get the stuff that doesn’t have the shiny new and improved marketing look and feel. Somehow, this seems different to me than what the Frugans are doing. Of course we’re not fishing stuff out of the garbage, obviously.

I know myself, and I know that I would never eat something that was fished out of the trash. It harkens back to a Seinfeld episode about a famous eclair. The Frugans eat cupcakes out of the garbage! Why do I have such a strong reaction to this? Part of it is that someone else rejected it, so it must be bad. Plus, garbage is stinky sometimes.

It makes me think harder than usual about how I can waste less. I’m pretty cognizant to begin with yet there’s still that bunch of floppy celery in the fridge, staring out at me every time I open the door. I’ll probably try to revive it by shocking it in ice water, like I learned from Kale for Sale. I’m also looking forward to doing some composting this summer and putting less stuff down the garbage disposal.

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Have you seen this commercial? The first time I saw it, I thought it was going to be for Glad storage containers. Instead, it’s for a trash bag, into which about half a meatloaf is thrown. I guess the family was still hungry because then they ordered a pizza. The first time I saw this commercial, I was flabbergasted. I literally laughed out loud because I couldn’t believe it. Then it made me really sad, because obviously food gets thrown out all the time and is apparently an acceptable practice. And I’m guilty of it myself, though throwing out leftover meatloaf especially seems like a crime.

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