From THE TELEGRAPH:
When Sacha Hall realised her local Tesco was throwing away thousands of pounds of fresh food following a power cut, she thought there could be no harm in taking some to eat. But to her horror, within minutes of stocking up her fridge with packets of ham, potato waffles and pies, police swooped on her home and arrested her for theft. She now faces the possibility of a jail sentence after admitting handling stolen goods in relation to the £200 haul of groceries.
She has condemned the police response as “totally out of proportion”, insisting she had only wished to prevent good food going to waste.
COMMENT: The supermarkets view Sacha's action as theft because the way they see it is that if people eat their products for free, even if they have been thrown away, they will not spend the money saved in their shops.
Goodness knows how much good food is discarded by businesses in the developed world every day. I guess it will be hundreds of thousands of tons. Goodness knows how much energy and land use is wasted because of this. Goodness knows how much suffering is imposed on people in developing countries and among the poor in their own countries by these profit hungry companies because of their wasteful policies.
There ought to be a law against it.
There must be ways that all this organic matter could be utilised in a way that is less immoral and more caring towards our dying planet than simply bunging it into a landfill still in its forrest destroying and oil consuming packaging.