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Almost Half Of All Food Produced Is Thrown Away

Between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced globally, equivalent to two billion tons, is thrown away each year according to a recent report written by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME), titled ‘Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not’.

The Guardian states that overly-cautious sell by dates, buy one get one free deals, and an obsession with only consuming fruit and vegetables that look perfect are some of the main reasons for this colossal waste of, not only food, but also the water, energy, and arable land used in the creation of the food.

The two billion tons of food wasted each year use 550 billion cubic metres of water to produce, with meat requiring 20-50 times more water than vegetables. As the global population increases to nine and a half billion by 2075, will the lack of available water to produce enough meat lead the majority to become vegetarians?

The report found that in the US and parts of Europe nearly half of all food bought by consumers is thrown away; and that 30 percent of all crops grown in the UK are not even harvested because they do not meet the stringent cosmetic standards that are set by supermarkets and other food distributors around the world. These statistics are criminal considering the fact that in 2010 nearly one billion people across the world went without food.

In order to try and reduce the wastage seen across the food industry, the IME recommends better engineering, agricultural techniques, and infrastructure.


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Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:27 | 3145693 ACP
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Which means EBT payments can be cut in half and welfare queens & kings will still be fat.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:30 | 3145705's picture



Guest Post: Almost Half Of All Food Produced Is Thrown Away


Gramma was right. It's a sin.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:33 | 3145710 Boris Alatovkrap
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Report is to ignoring Dumpster Diving. Much is good food to be disposal!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:02 | 3145787 brandy night rocks
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this site needs more Boris

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:12 | 3145807 1100-TACTICAL-12
Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:23 | 3145826 francis_sawyer
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 "Are you going to eat your fat?"


Spaulding Smailes

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:13 | 3145935 whstlblwr
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You know what I heard? I heard that Jews waste the most food. It's true.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:45 | 3146021 ParkAveFlasher
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Yes, half of all food is thrown away.  But what this report fails to mention is that the other half is turned into shit.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:44 | 3146179 Joe Davola
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Who/what is behind this.  First this appears on the front page of last Sunday's local paper, then several stories on local TV news - followed by internet postings.  There is some sort of agenda behind this.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 23:12 | 3146372 Withdrawn Sanction
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First they beat us up because we're all morbidly obese.  Now they say we throw away 1/2 our food.  Which is it?  Sure wish the media manipulators would get their stories's getting really hard to know what to believe anymore....

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 03:57 | 3146711 AldousHuxley
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Almost half of food isn't real food

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 20:05 | 3147789 smiler03
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Only in America

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 20:15 | 3147812 redpill
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How fat would we be if we actually ate it all?!

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:22 | 3147921 BooMushroom
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Starting tommorrow, the size of all nourishment cubes will be reduced.

Praise be to the Republic!

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 14:17 | 3147239 Thoth
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So you don't feel so bad when they double the price!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 23:34 | 3146413 formadesika3
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What this story fails to mention is that the data was compiled before Hostess went TU. The trend should reverse in 2013.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:40 | 3145856 oddball
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Nice link.  Highly trained, like the NYPD shoot up at the Empire State Building?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:26 | 3146113 centerline
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Hard to say from that if the media is just not taking this out of context.  Nothing would surprise me though.


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 23:07 | 3146363 Withdrawn Sanction
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Always thought Chicago cops looked like taxi drivers w/those ridiculous checkerboard caps they wear.  They probably couldnt hit a concealed permit carrier w/a donut let alone their service weapon.  Nothing but mobsters with badges.  Wow, hey is that a Dunkin Donuts?  Stop the squad car.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 09:50 | 3146875 General Decline
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I'm sure the blacked-out combat gear is already on order.  Gotta get ready for Illinois concealed carry permit later this year...

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 05:00 | 3146450 New World Chaos
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Dumpster diving is a great way to get some free preps in.  Don't tell the missus you spent the money on ammo until after TSHTF.  Here are some amazing things my homies and I have found in dumpsters:

-Over $500 worth of booze.  One bottle breaks and they legally have to throw out the whole case and every case underneath it.

-Over $500 worth of morphine and oxycontin.  Some old lady died of cancer and her family dumped her meds in a supermarket dumpster, along with a bunch of personal stuff like diaries and awards.  Sad.

-A working chest freezer.  It was last year's model with a few dings; they cut the cord off so the serfs wouldn't get a working chest freezer for free, but we fixed it.  We got it the same night we were jonesing for it.  Synchronicity.  Almost like the Universe itself is saying "Fuck 'em.  Turn on, dive in, drop out of the system".

-A pig's worth of meat for the chest freezer.  We filled it in one night.

We haven't gotten sick yet, and I get to feed the system less while buying more silver, which undermines the system even more. 

I just found out my batty New Age grandma dives as a matter of principle.  Awesome. 

Food safety is a major leftist bugaboo, like terrorism for the right.  The left will support any fascistic law that is spun as improving food safety.  Like the laws which punish people for giving perfectly good food to the homeless.  Of course, it has nothing to do with food safety and everything to do with keeping people on the hamster wheel.  The puppetmasters like a legal system that makes some people go hungry while others pour their efforts into pointless waste.  This encourages resentment, socialism, and the drugery which stops people from having time to think about how things really work.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 09:45 | 3146872 rbg81
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Well, that's just awesome.  Of course, there's the indiginity of diving in a dumpster--especially if you're seen by people who actually know you.  And that's even before the overwhelming Yuck factor kicks in.  I'd rather work a desk job, in an office devoid of smelly, shitty garbage, to earn the money to buy the stuff I actually want vs. winning the dumpster diving "lottery".

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 10:34 | 3146916 Lost My Shorts
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You totally don't get it.  Dumpster diving is noble and no one should be ashamed of doing it.  Saves resources.  Makes the planet earth last a few seconds longer.  When I got my first job as an analyst in management consulting, I got all my furniture out of university dumpsters, plus the leavings on the curb of a rich town nearby.  Great thing is, when I moved away -- back to the curb !!  Easy come, easy go.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 00:13 | 3148215 jeff montanye
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the cord cutting thing is the key to many electric appliances.  i got four ultra top of the line professional hair dryers; kept two, gave two away.  didn't even cut the cords so close they couldn't be idiot spliced with wire nuts and duct tape. i keep one in the garage to heat the lawn mower cylinder head for one pull starts on cold days.

curbside is more elegant: need something not quite immediately, especially furniture?  cruise the side streets day before pickup and it is amazing what is there.  especially if you have rudimentary carpentry skills.  got a braun toaster oven that worked for ten years for the trouble of cleaning some melted cheese out of it.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 04:45 | 3148487 New World Chaos
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Guys- Congrats on efficiently re-using the resources vomited up by the gluttinous American consumer.  I was amazed by what the rich college kids would throw away rather than cart home over the summer.  Expensive furniture, stereos, computers, even a box with a years' worth of pocket change (here's some red meat for you:  That guy's dad was a Jewish Wall St. banker with access to God knows how much money created out of nothing). 

In NZ, everyone puts their stuff curbside on the same days, which saves a lot of driving around.  The whole system is really quite efficient.  Curbside scavenging is socially acceptable and therefore common in NZ, which makes amazing finds less likely than in America, but I have still gotten a lot of furniture that way.  Even the shittiest furniture can become good raised bed gardens.  Dumpster diving generates a lot of compost for those gardens and the gardens fill in the gaps from dumpster diving (good produce is uncommon).

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 19:01 | 3147422 New World Chaos
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I have found much more dignity in freedom.  A rat in a dumpster has more dignity than a rat in the system's maze.  Not caring what other people think about you is also quite liberating.  And if you lose some friends over some imaginary dumpster cooties then fuck 'em, they weren't your friends anyway.  Quit mentally enslaving yourself to people who keep you in a box to assuage their own inadequacies.  These people work for the system by channeling its soul-crushing culture.

The Dumpster Gods smile upon me and usually give something similar to what I want.  I.e. green peppers instead of red peppers, boysenberry yogurt instead of mixed berry yogurt.  Paying for my exact wants isn't worth it.  Of course, what I really want is to eat well while starving the Beast.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 20:17 | 3147806 smiler03
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It seems that life sure is sweet in America. I whole heartedly believe in minimising/eliminating waste but to reduce your countries poor to scavenging, like rats, just to live, is a very sad reflection on your society.

Even worse is that those with online access to the internet are probably depriving the hungry by "getting there first". Why don't the stores eliminate the ZH scavengers by donating it to a charity? A charity being those who look after the needy, not scavenging gold and silver investors. What a fucked up cuntry (sic).



Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:21 | 3147981 New World Chaos
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I'm not depriving anyone.  I see bags ripped open on maybe 5% of dives.  Never even seen another diver (this is in New Zealand).  My mates did run into some old guy raiding a dumpster and they helped him out.  Diving is bigger in America but I suspect most of the good food still goes to waste.

As stated above, the stores cannot donate it to charity due to legal liability and stupid food safety laws which are really about keeping everyone on the hamster wheel.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 03:20 | 3148433 Lost My Shorts
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You need to just get out from under your pre-conceived notions.  Scavenging is actually the most resource-efficient solution, and in the case of furniture on the curb, good exercise also.  If you try to build a clearinghouse where people bring things for reuse (like Goodwill or similar), that's OK and more dignified but also requires land, heat, fuel to transport the stuff etc.  If you just set it on the curb, however, scavengers can find it, and it goes straight from old owner to new owner with minimum logistics.

I am usually a defender of the 47% at ZH, because what 95% of them really want is middle class jobs, not free stuff.  But I must say, when middle class jobs are not to be had, the implied wages of scavenging and DIY compare favorably to flipping burgers, up to a point.  The American lumpy proletariat would be better off if they had more DIY skills and spent more time recycling instead of watching TV.  I am not being a hypocrite.  I do it with no shame even though I have no immediate need.

In truly poor countries, scavenging is a full-time job for many people at a very low implied wage, and that is more disconcerting.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 10:24 | 3146901 Lost My Shorts
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Way to go, dude.  Dumpster diving is a form of recycling, which for most hipster Americans has taken the place of prayer as their primary spiritual ritual.  And your carbon footprint is tiny !!  You should sell carbon credits to Al Gore.  He pays you ten bucks, and you eat from the dumpster, and he gets to turn up the heat in his mansion.

Probably most of the wasted food cited by the Engineers is from supermarkets, who need to keep shelves beautifully stocked at all times with vegetables and fish, much of which will not sell before it expires or turns ugly.

Where I live in Japan, our local supermarket puts fish on sale for half price at around 7:30 pm rather than throw it out.  Once a week, Gaijin goes and fills the basket with half-priced fish.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 18:32 | 3147627 New World Chaos
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Yeah, fuck Al Gore.  His mansion was built with Rothschild money in exchange for pushing a world government fed by carbon taxes.  Most other so-called greens don't really care about the Earth.  Ever notice that whenever someone has a specific idea for a renewable energy source (i.e.  "Let's build a wind farm here"), the ones who make the biggest stink about it are inevitably... the Greens?  See, it's all about social control, setting themselves up as bureaucratic mandarins, Agenda 21, or trying to carbon-offset a wasteful consumerist lifestyle with a bit of self righteousness.  Anarcho-primitivists and the Amish are genuine Greens.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 20:41 | 3147845 smiler03
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 "the ones who make the biggest stink about it are inevitably... the Greens?"


Not in the UK. The corruption is very obvious. Local politicians have the right to approve/reject the project. The publics/greens/business/regional/county/national opinions count for nothing, most of them disapprove.

Where I live is a wind farm developers haven. The last major wind farm was approved by 9 local councillors who earn less than $20000 each. Even the much larger authority objected. One year afterwards the much larger authority stated that the approval they (small time local politicians) gave must "never be granted permission in similar cirumstances EVER AGAIN". 

Too late.. we now have 12 more wind turbines, some of them within 200 metres/yards of peoples homes. The turbines are 100 metres from ground to the highest blade.

Greens are best, politicians are fucking corrupt twats. 

While I am moaning. in it's first year this 12 turbine wind farm generated just 21% of it's planned potential. Farcical.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:35 | 3148011 New World Chaos
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In NZ, the politicians and the people running the agenda are frauds.  Individual Greens sometimes have their hearts in the right place but most of them are still "useful idiots".

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:34 | 3147937 BooMushroom
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At the Safeway near where I live, they throw all the day old bread from the bakery into a shopping cart, and toss it out.  I asked if I could have/buy it from them so it wouldn't be wasted.  They wouldn't hear of it.

So dumpster diving is the only way to stop the waste.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 18:49 | 3147662 S5936
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One man gathers what another man spills. Happy diving. Way to go!!!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:07 | 3145798 salvadordaly
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Omi (grandmom) would makes us sit down till it was all gone. Not so bad, but she fixed the plate. She was in germany during the war and food was scarce. She made sure we had plenty. I remeber crying at times, so full and more to go. To this day I still finish everything on the plate. It's safe to say looking around Amerika, this half thrown away thing is absolutly not happening. Everyone is finishing their plate and going back for seconds, and then desert.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 07:10 | 3146783 mercy
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"It's safe to say looking around Amerika, this half thrown away thing is absolutly not happening. Everyone is finishing their plate and going back for seconds, and then desert."


Indeed, while slurping down on a big ass cup of (diet) soda.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:37 | 3147939 BooMushroom
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Try saying that at a Golden Corral or a Hometown Buffet.  The employees will laugh in your face.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 13:22 | 3147106 Umh
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I will hazard a guess that the people throwing away large amounts of foof are not the people who are paying for the food.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:43 | 3145739 Silver Bug
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Does this mean that all our mothers who said "there are starving children in..." have failed?

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 09:56 | 3146880 General Decline
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I was in Africa late last year eating at this horrible resturant where all the food tasted like fish.  Even the fruit.  I pushed the plate away from me after I barely ate any of it and thought to myself, "what am I doing?? There are children starving here" 

I always loose weight when I go to that continent.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 06:37 | 3148518 MillionDollarBoner_
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She was right...for the wrong reasons?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:45 | 3145740 ebworthen
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No, no:

EBT payments will be doubled, WalMart and fast food chains will be richer, and the welfare queens and kings will be the same except have more disposable income for Newports, NASCAR, and Natties - it's the rats that will be fatter.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:28 | 3145696 WhiteNight123129
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HIgher prices will curb waste.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:34 | 3145713 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maybe is also curb waist!


(Boris is make witty word play!)

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:46 | 3145743 Joe moneybags
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You are one of the few posters whom I understand.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:05 | 3145908 Boris Alatovkrap
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Google Translate is for joyous interpretation. Praise be Google's name.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 01:37 | 3146605 A Nanny Moose
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I raise my glass to you Boris.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 00:09 | 3148209 Boris Alatovkrap
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Thank you but Boris is drink from bottle.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:31 | 3145837 kaiserhoff
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Boris, you're not quite right in the head.  Welcome to the continuing catastrophe;)

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:39 | 3146002 centerline
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Boris rocks.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:19 | 3145817 duo
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At the nearby Albertsons Gala apples are $1.99/lb, sometimes more, and of course, they look great.  At the Mexican grocery 2 miles the other way, Gala apples, with maybe one  ding the size of a pencil eraser on them, go for 69 cents/lb.

Of course, apples are expensive now because one has to be included in every school lunch, meaning several hundred million apples are thrown out each year.  That's one hell of a compost  pile.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:03 | 3146063 knukles
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Replace that apple with packet of catsup!

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 21:41 | 3147945 BooMushroom
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Mexican groceries are fantastic for getting low-quality produce for low prices.  Especially if you walk in with the idea of "I need some fruits or veggies for cheap!  I wonder what's on sale today."

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 13:24 | 3147110 Umh
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Not if the people throwing the food away aren't paying for the food.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:28 | 3145697 Flakmeister
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We need productivity growth in food consumption... Yeah, that's the ticket, why we could even support maybe 15 billion people!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:33 | 3145704 ZerOhead
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The whole Goddamn planet is going to resemble Haiti...

That's Haiti to the left BTW...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:39 | 3145732 Azannoth
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.. the NWO want's to convert the Whole World into Haiti just look at their social policies

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:58 | 3145779 lakecity55
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And ozone doesn't want YT in it.


Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:32 | 3148690 Ident 7777 economy
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" .. the NWO want's to convert the Whole World into Haiti 

 just look at their social policies "

WHY would they do that? Does the NWO want to live in a shit-hole too? Makes no sense ... not to a RATIONAL person anyway.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 09:03 | 3150255 Azannoth
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Obviously they don't want to live in a shit hole, but that's where they are going to end up if they continue with their policies of "affirmitive action" that's what happened in Haiti (the blacks took over)

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:35 | 3145715 Azannoth
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I highly doubt you could support 15B ppl, even today only about 1/3 of all people live above poverty level, yes you could probably pull it off theoretically but why condemn 10B ppl to a life of guaranteed misery? Lets maybe figure out how to pull the existing population out of poverty 1st.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:44 | 3145741 Flakmeister
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You may have missed the /sarc flag that was in invisible ink...

Well oil consumption per capita is an excellent indicator of economic status... What do you propose? Globally, that metric peaked in 1980...

Or should we reclassify what poverty is to solve the problem in a back-handed way....

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:39 | 3145854 Optimusprime
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Or should we reclassify what poverty is to solve the problem in a back-handed way....


Wait--isn't that what we did with unemployment and social security cola's (supposedly inflation-pegged)?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:21 | 3145957 Flakmeister
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See? Now that wasn't hard...

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:09 | 3147983 BooMushroom
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Never gonna happen.  You can bus a poor person to a good school, but you can't make them learn.

Mark 14:7

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:31 | 3145839 tmosley
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The most recent billion took longer than the one before it for the first time in history.  The next one will take even more so.  The population will peak all on its own.  No peak anything required.

Your dreams of Soylent Green will not come to fruition, I'm afraid.  The population will simply peak, then decline until it reaches equilibrium.  Once the central banks are gone, investment in capital goods will again increase until the marginal cost of each person's basic requirements (including luxuries such as internet access, televisons, etc) will approach zero.

Sorry, the future is bright.  No human extinction for you.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:03 | 3145902 Flakmeister
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"When you wish upon a star..."

Cliffie, easy with that hopium pipe, you'll burn your lips...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:29 | 3145701 Motorhead
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Get Monsanto on the job!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:04 | 3145793 1100-TACTICAL-12
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As for me I can eat stuff that would make a billy goat puke. My kids will happily forage in the garden for a snack, and don't mind turnip's for supper . I have made them watch videos of some of the shitholes on this planet. So they are thankful they aint eatin grasshoppers & mudpies.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 08:29 | 3146821 ATM
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grasshoppers are good. They do them right in Chiapas and Oaxaca.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3148192 tenpanhandle
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smoke a little Oaxacan herb and anything tastes good. 

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:33 | 3145709 Seasmoke
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Eat your peas. Even if they are 15 days old !

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:35 | 3145716 ZerOhead
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Just so long as they are irradiated...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:36 | 3145719's picture

Mother goose recommends nine days on the peas.


Pease Porridge hot,
Pease Porridge cold,
Pease Porridge in the Pot
Nine Days old.
Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:25 | 3145829 francis_sawyer
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I'll take "potent potables" for $100 Alex...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:47 | 3145867 tickhound
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Answer:  Something you may 'sip' while rollin' down the street smokin' endo.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:10 | 3145921 francis_sawyer
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... laid back [with my mind on my money & my money on my mind]... Beatch I'm just...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:14 | 3145932 tickhound
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Judges?  Ah no, I'm sorry francis, but that is incorrect.  Please remember to phrase your answer in the form of a question.  The correct answer is, What is Gin & Juice? 

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:15 | 3145942 francis_sawyer
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Turd Ferguson's money is good in this establishment...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:27 | 3145972 knukles
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They just said on Ancient Aliens that one good thing about Americas is we gave the world syphilis.

(so happy, Ren)

Next round's on me...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:30 | 3145981 nmewn
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We had too much and duly shamed, we were forced to spread it around!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:35 | 3145992 knukles
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Oh yeah, the white man's small pecker guilt trip.  I forgot.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:37 | 3145997 kaiserhoff
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Syphilis for small pox?  Such a bahgain.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:40 | 3146006 knukles
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Oh man, I think I hear infected blanket jokes coming

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:40 | 3146165 Yen Cross
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Play nice. Bed Bugs

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:36 | 3145712 ebworthen
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I don't doubt it.

Just dig around in some dumpsters and see what you find; it boggles the mind.

I've know many people who "can't eat leftovers"; they will say "It just doesn't taste the same" or "It might make me sick".  Oh please. 

It is a societal disease of trained overconsumption and effete appetites to increase buying habits; the byproduct is WASTE.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:38 | 3145726's picture

Sometimes leftovers taste better than firsts. Also good for after last call.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:41 | 3145858 Optimusprime
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Well-made soup is almost always better as it ages.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:23 | 3145960 pursueliberty
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True that, leftover chili is one of my favs.  I could also live on pintos with ham/baon and cornbread.  Throw in some greens and you have a meal.

A lot of pasta dishes also kick ass left over.  People don't cook for left overs, though I work with a guy who eats leftovers two-three times a week for lunch.


Sometimes I'll smoke a pork butt and have 6 meals for the wife and I in various forms.  People aren't creative.  I smoked a brisket last week and had sliced brisket with sides, brisket tacos, a omelette with brisket, brisket sandwiches, frieds eggs and brisket, etc.  Nothing prepared with the leftovers took longer than 20 minutes.  It is expensive though, the brisket takes at least a 6 pack + the added whiskey.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:21 | 3148000 BooMushroom
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That's poor people food.  Otherwise they'd have them at McDonalds, where the good food is.


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:37 | 3145721 Meatballs
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This definitively proves that we are a planet of morons.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:45 | 3145729's picture

If the 1930s could see us now...

Sure, Roosevelt was busy destroying crops and livestock to prevent it from reaching market and lowering prices -- to help the people, of course. But regular folks cleaned their plates.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:22 | 3145822 disabledvet
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Or meatballs.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:29 | 3145977 knukles
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And those are a good thing

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:34 | 3145845 tmosley
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No, it prooves we are a planet with plenty of goods for everyone.  The only reason anyone is starving is because their governments are run by thugs who confiscate capital goods and food aid.

Get rid of the thugs, and everyone will have enough.  Plenty, even.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:17 | 3146089 yabyum
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Drink your beer damnit!! People are sober in India...thanks Mom!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:37 | 3145723 Yellowhoard
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The Club Of Rome has a plan for all of us.

We simply need to prune 6 and a half billion people from the planet in order for the world to be a more sustainable place for the members of the Club Of Rome.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:37 | 3145724 Insideher Trading
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These statistics are criminal considering the fact that in 2010 nearly one billion people across the world went without food.

Really? They didn't starve to death?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:35 | 3145990 knukles
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No, they simply went without food.
It's the new normalspeak

I'm starting to grit my teeth, grind my molars and squeeze my nutsack at the tripe to which we are bombarded. 
Like midgets and dwarfs being height impaired.

(Having a height impaired toss on the trading floor isn't as much fun as a dwarf toss.)

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:28 | 3148012 BooMushroom
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Happened to me once, too.  After breakfast, and brunch, I had to run some errands.  But I left in a hurry, and didn't take any snacks with me.

To the bank, I went without food.

To the hardware store, I went without food.

To the mall, I went without food.

Tragic, I know.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:45 | 3145730 Dr. Engali
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In a past life I used to open up restaurants across the country for a major chain. The amount of food we would throw away just to get the restaurant up and running was mind boggling. With each opening came a whole new crew if cooks, and each cook had to learn how to cook all the dishes. Well they would literally cook a dish, plate it, get it graded and promptly toss it in the garbage. This happened over and over until the kitchen got the dish right. It would drive me insane to see it happen, but the shitty part was we couldn't take it to the homeless and give it to them because the liability was on the restaurant. It is trully a fucked up system. You throw on top of that the portion sizes, how much food gets thrown out thanks to that, and you will quickly realize how unjust and immoral the whole system is.

Oh ..and don't get me started on burning food in our fucking gas tanks.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:47 | 3145749 Joe moneybags
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+1 for spelling restaurant correctly, one out of three times.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:20 | 3145795 Dr. Engali
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Typing on a little phone keyboard sometimes produces funny things, however I'm quick to catch and correct it. But go ahead focus on the spelling... that's what's important.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:44 | 3145863 Optimusprime
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Good post--but you did misspell "truly".

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:46 | 3146024 knukles
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Doc, when the gang gets bored, restless and in need of a good maniacal diversion it can get mighty tough.  Spelling bees....  
Some guys go to Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous meetings to pick up wanton chicks when it gets slow.
I've always thought that a bit ... odd.  Creative, but odd.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:24 | 3146107 Dr. Engali
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I hear you knuckles. I'd say we are all a bit odd hanging out at this place.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:45 | 3146139 fonzannoon
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Doc my favorite thing on here is learning tid bits about all our personal lives. Thanks for the insight. I spent two years as a waiter/expediator (no fuckin clue how expediator is spelled, I hope Joe Money bags corrects me) and the shit I saw go on in the kitchen blew my mind.

The restaurant I worked with was on the water, seafood place. We had a spanish cook and he was fuckin batshit crazy. Every once in a while when the wait staff broke his balls to much he would take a live blue claw crab and put it on their back as they ran in and out of the kitchen. Sometimes male sometimes female (the male waiters were the best). We would all get quiet and wait....sometimes minutes....and then you would hear this scream like you never heard in your life. It was hysterical.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:55 | 3146198 Dr. Engali
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I hear you Fonz. I enjoy that about this site too. That story sounds like some of the cooks I worked with. I had some if my best times traveling and opening restaurants. I worked with some crazy ass people. We would be on sight for two months and some if these places had absolutely nothing around to do. So we would work twelve to fourteen hours and then drink all night. I am surprised that there aren't a bunch of little Engalis running around the world. There are a lot of inhibitions dropped when you're in a place like North Dakota in the dead of winter.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 22:03 | 3146225 fonzannoon
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I would love to have spent some time out there to compare notes. I was in the hamptons. it was similar. We would get to work at 10am and get out at 2am. The first few nights when we got out the staff hit the late night scene after we got out. By the 3rd day I was a complete total waste of life. The rest of the staff were still running around like maniacs. I was 21 and that is when I realized that most of them were on cocaine 24/7. Great times. Feels like another life now.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 22:10 | 3146242 Dr. Engali
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I hear you , married with children really changes things. I'll see some old friends from those days and some of them haven't changed a bit. They are all like.." What happened to you"? I just say " I don't know... grew up I guess".

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 00:30 | 3146498 DaveyJones
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once I started growing (some of) my own food it completely changed the way I look at it and look at waste. Maybe the labor and connection does that. I try to return every food waste (peels, stems, etc) to compost. I try to eat every edible part of the plant which is another large portion of waste altogether since many parts of edible plants are usually edible and often tossed.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 08:21 | 3146814 Oleander
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The greens of the garlic are a great example of this. Garlic scape pesto is incredible but most people would never think to eat the scapes. We have people who request the beet greens while others ask us to cut the greens off.  

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:44 | 3148040 BooMushroom
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Didn't know you could eat garlic greens.  I wonder if that gets counted with the numbers quoted in the article?

Same with beet greens and dandelion roots, stems, and flowers, etc., etc., etc..

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:25 | 3145970 negative rates
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Gluttony, even in the form of cooking food, is a deadly sin. It shows up as aches and pains in the morning, and ends up with a morphine shot at the end of the night.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:56 | 3146209 Miffed Microbio...
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If someone spells a word one time correctly it's safe to say the other 2 misspellings are typos. I think typos can be ignored unless there are so many the post is difficult to read. But that's just me. May be you should evaluate your life. Why am I so focused on little mistakes? Am I taking too much Ritilin? Am I not getting enuf sex? Is my boss an asshole and I need to take my frustration out on others? Ive spent so much of my life being an angry frustrated nitpicky asshole it brings back awful memories to read a nitpicky post.


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 23:47 | 3146441 formadesika3
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"I've" is the correct way to contract "I have." Without the apostrophe, it's difficult to discern the meaning of your comment.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 04:52 | 3146697 formadesika3
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Without a /sarc tag, it was difficult for some people to discern the meaning of my comment.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 18:29 | 3147634 Miffed Microbio...
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I got it ;-)


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:51 | 3145760 ebworthen
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You mean that net neutral (negative) farce of ethanol that the farm lobby crammed down our throats to enrich John Deere, ADM, Monsanto, and to keep some CONgressional members on the gravy train for a decade or two?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:52 | 3145762 Citxmech
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Partially, this waste is due to long supply chains and the lack of composting.  When the food I grow in my garden goes bad, I can compost it or feed it to my chickens.  That way it gets recyled into eggs or the next round of crops.  

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:01 | 3145775 Dr. Engali
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Maybe. I blame lawyers myself. Lobbying to take the food to a homeless shelter was like hunting with Dick Cheney. I kept getting my face ripped off for pushing the issue. Correct me if I'm wrong , but isn't meat discouraged in composting?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:24 | 3145968 francis_sawyer
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For worm farms ~ yes... Meat can be used in other ways though...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:33 | 3145986 Dr. Engali
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I'm not big on composting. I have a small heap in the back, that I use for the flower gardens, but I never used meat scraps because I read it wasn't reccomended.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:34 | 3146143 tip e. canoe
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if you really want to compost your meat doc, try the bokashi method.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:37 | 3145994 krispkritter
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My hens love meat, actually any protein. If it's really bad then it goes in the ground(deep) or used as bait for coyotes or it can be 'cooked' off to the point where it's dried hard and composted.

There was an interesting report released years ago when the Gov't was questioning the hundreds of millions it was spending on supposedly 'bad' medicines that were being trashed due to manufacturer dating. Proven to be a useless process whether driven by profit or 'legal' issues. 

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:08 | 3145799 SilverDOG
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The abandonment of Cuba by USSR shows the results of such composting/recycling of nutrients and energy. Their state protected ecosystems, downstream had a massive rebound when petroleum based fertilizers ceased delivery. Wetlands and species recovery were astronomical. There are, due to imposed US sanctions upon Cuba, more Carribean native species have survived in Cuba than all other islands combined. Of course, we the US sheeple, will not be shown such independent food producing infrastructure.

Chickens, compost, garden, and cash crop here as well. No waste.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:36 | 3145848 tip e. canoe
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the cubans are way ahead of the game

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 00:37 | 3146505 DaveyJones
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yes, a living lab on oil's collapse and the dramatic health increases with local organic food

I would love to kill Monsanto and the FDA one yard at a time. Nothing better for our children

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 01:20 | 3146578 tip e. canoe
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pitchforks & scythes for me too amigo

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:39 | 3145733 Joe moneybags
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The IME correctly identified two very large culprits:  cosmetic standards and overly conservative sell-by dates.  But then, they recommend unrelated fixes: "better engineering, agricultural techniques, and infrastructure."' WTF?

Oh, wait.  They're the engineers.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:40 | 3145734 Racer
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I was in a supermarket a couple of hours before midnight and was near the bakery counter and saw this lad clearing all the loaves and other stuff onto trolleys. I asked him what he was doing and why was  he taking the bread off the shelves... to take them out the back to be dumped he said.

Why do they not put them on special offer and sell them, I said... to which he replied no they never do and just throw lots away.

I even asked the store manager at the time, and he just said couldn't reduce them because they may sell them before midnight.

There were more shop employees  in the store than there were customers! Only one till open with about two people at it, in a long line of completely empty and unmanned tills .. who was he kidding!!

So there you have it.. they would rather throw them out than knock the price down

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:12 | 3145808 Winston of Oceania
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"they would rather throw them out than knock the price down"

Even an idiot doesn't cut off his nose in spite of his face, they are likely REQUIRED by regulation to toss them. Find out who is behind such regulations and you find the answer, big CONNECTED food producers. Big Gub'ment and CORRUPTION go hand in hand!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:39 | 3145852 Racer
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Actually I did take it further to the store, and the company. I went back recently later in the evening and they were repricing the bakery produce to sell at a cheaper price!

So it just took ONE person to make that change!

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:41 | 3145736 Praetorian Guard
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Funny how in times past the fat bastards that ruled the land were the apex of society, and the skinny fucks toiling in the sun were the poor. Thus everyone considered fat was RICH and everyone skinny was POOR. Fast forward a couple hundred years and the fat fucks are POOR and the skinny bitches are RICH... funny how that turns out...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:42 | 3145737 thomasincincy
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I've got a Tombstone pizza in the freezer with somebody(s) name on it. FREE delivery


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:46 | 3145745 Yen Cross
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Go drive behind a grocery store and park across from the loading area dumpsters. It's like a fast food drive thru. I was amazed while waiting for a friend a couple of years ago, at the "mini economy" that happens behind shopping centers.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:50 | 3145757 Racer
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Supermarkets in the UK have walled off the bins so you can't get to them now

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:08 | 3145802 Winston of Oceania
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It's a regulation promoted by the food producers.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:16 | 3145813 SilverDOG
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Similar here in New England.

I found out when I was refused the food grade 5 gallon containers. After I had been given them for free for a long time. First, they were just thrown away instead of my use and recycling. I looked to see if I could appropriate from the dumpster... NOPE she's locked. Now they are recycled to reduce waste removal cost. 

Insane, completely insane.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:36 | 3146151 Papasmurf
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I asked several retailers to get some cardboard cartons they discard.  They each told me they have a recycling service collect them and they would be in breach of the contract if they diverted anything from the waste stream.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 08:28 | 3146817 Oleander
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We can get them from local Dunkin here. Use them for our food storage needs.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:49 | 3145754 Racer
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Ah I see the solution to the water shortage... ban chocolate production, I hate the stuff anyway...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 19:40 | 3145855 tmosley
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The above was the last that was ever heard from him as Racer was ripped to shreds by a mob of angry women.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:11 | 3146048 knukles
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Menopausal hot flashed angry women

BTW, when asked what the most elusive rare species in the world was the other day, I guess "Happy ladies on the Tampax commercials." was the wrong answer, 

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:17 | 3146092 nmewn
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I once sighted a confused tranny trying to decide between beer and Midol at a CVS...not long after that they put chairs in there so I wouldn't have to stand on my feet so long laughing.

Now thats what I call putting the customer first ;-)

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 21:22 | 3146103 Dr. Engali
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Lol.....Isn't a tranny by definition confused?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:50 | 3145758 Squid Vicious
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get bloomberg on the case... he'll fix it, even if it means putting a video camera in every building's dumpster

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:54 | 3145769 lakecity55
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I hope that fascist fuck ODs on Ex-Lax.

There would be nothing left but a skin bag, hahaha

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