One of the most common questions I get from people about my travels is how I manage to stick with my organic vegan diet while traveling with almost no money, and more than that, feed tons of people that same medicine food. There is no one answer to that, as it involves a combination of home-grown foods, farmers’ markets, shopping the “reduced produce” shelf, and… dumpster diving.
For some reason, “western” culture is so dedicated to upholding the illusion of scarcity that businesses would rather toss pounds of food every day into the landfill than lower their prices a little bit. A lot of people tend to get stuck on that inefficiency, complaining about the percentage of food in America that ends up in the trash, and sometimes even asking for violent threats to be used against any company that throws edible food away. As with any issue, once you are aware of it, the best thing you can do is focus on possible solutions to it. In this case, by simply visiting your local grocery stores a little after they close, you are not only feeding people for free, but you are turning a “loss” as the company sees it into abundance.
Like so many things in the paradigm that we are transitioning out of, the idea that there isn’t enough food is not only based on a scarcity-mindset (and therefore not in alignment with reality), but is factually untrue.
This slideshow from last night, Saturday, March 12th, shows what our abundance-reclamation team came up with on a very short run, about 15 miles round trip and maybe an hour of our time. Besides 20+ pounds of potatoes (none of which were soft, sprouted, or moldy), 5 bags of apples (each of which had 2-3 smashed ones and 8-10 perfect ones), this particular evening one store had emptied its meat freezer.
While I personally do not consume meat, I know a lot of people who will eat these finds. The only thing I find worse than raising these animals in captivity for the explicit purpose of killing them, is to then throw away the meat, which is the entire justification for the genocide to begin with, “We need meat to feed people”. All of this meat was still packaged, still frozen, and it will be perfectly usable for many months to come. Sticker price on all this meat was just about $690. Let that sink in for a minute…
Here’s the breakdown of the meat that was tossed out:
- 11x Beef Tenderloin (7oz)
- 9x New York Strip (10oz)
- 4x Rib-eye (10oz)
- 10x Beef Stew Meat (16oz)
- 3x Whole Chickens (~4Lbs)
- 1x Chicken Breast (1Lb)
- 1x Pork Chop (1Lb)
- 1x Salmon Filet (8oz)
That’s well over 25 pounds of meat. 25 pounds of animal flesh, that would not even have been able to break down and feed insects & micro-organisms if we hadn’t reclaimed it, as it was all sealed in plastic.
We live in a universe of infinite abundance. Any time there seems to be scarcity, not enough of something, it’s an illusion.