Capitalism means there is enough food to feed the starving peoples of our communities, yet companies would rather throw away product than give away unused products for free. Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon, have become a prime example of this.
TikToker dumpsterdivingfreegan, who makes a career of finding these discarded food items, went viral for her haul she brought back from a local Whole Foods.
You can see her haul here:
Reply to @celester The same WF that throws out enough each night to feed a community😔. #dumpsterdiving #freegan #usa #dumpsterdiver #AEHolidayForever
“Dumpster diving at Whole Foods is nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” she began.
“Every time I come to this particular store, I find cases of organic food that is thrown out well before its ‘best by date.'”
She then showed an absolute embarrassment of riches from Whole Foods in the dumpster before panning to a table full of food she had taken home.
The meat she found was "enough...to feed an entire community," all of which was thrown out on or before its "best by" date.
And past employees from Whole Foods took to the internet to share the company's business practices as it pertained to their food items.
I got fired from Whole Foods because I took home the bagels and muffins that they were going to throw in the trash. They also threw away approximately 8 pizzas every night and told the hot foods department they\u2019d get fired if they ate some without paying firsthttps://twitter.com/___inCANdescent/status/1470078857969553408\u00a0\u2026— mikey (@mikey) 1639363158
I have a friend who works for a grocery store in Florida. She said she has to take a knife and slash open containers of food that are perfectly fine to prevent people from raiding the dumpsters for food. \nThey deliberately contaminate the food to make it inedible— Leigh the Professional Dog Cushion (@Leigh the Professional Dog Cushion) 1639383053
my ex worked at target and they have a pizza hut inside; they have to make new hot and ready pizzas every hour; and then throw away the hot and readys that weren\u2019t bought within the previous hour\n\nNOT allowed to eat them themselves or be taken home, MUST be thrown away every hour— Lebowski (@Lebowski) 1639391904
this is what was thrown away just in my department every morning. Sometimes there was more than this. We were threatened with being fired all the time for taking or eating food that was about to be thrown away.pic.twitter.com/NWH6shhtaM— Tubby\ud83d\udc0b (@Tubby\ud83d\udc0b) 1639445351
In response, Whole Foods denied the company has wasteful practices.
“Since 2013, Whole Foods Market has donated approximately 180M pounds of food through our Grocery Rescue Program," a spokesperson wrote to The Daily Dot.
"This equates to approximately 150,000,000 meals for people in need in our local communities. In 2020 alone, Whole Foods Market donated over 27 million meals to food rescue and redistribution programs nationwide."
The company made no comment on its disposal procedures.