On Wednesday we read “Sharing the Wealth at a Dumpster Divers’ Feast” and talked about the short film “First the Dishes, Then the Revolution.” Key questions raised in this discussion were:
- Is this truly revolutionary?
- What stakes to state and local governments have in regulating what happens to our waste?
- Would we eat at Grub?
For Friday I’d like you to read a second article: “Food Not Bombs Cooks Meals Acquired from Dumpster Diving.” This article visits a Toronto chapter of the organization Food Not Bombs, which argues our collective spending priorities favor corporate wants over human needs.
Local Food Not Bombs groups are known for setting up feeding sites for people with low food security, like people who are currently homeless. Richmond’s Food Not Bombs has historically served food each weekend at Monroe Park (which caused controversy when the city shut the park down for renovation — see here and here).
This, many have argued, raises a moral question: do people have a right to food access? Do people have a right to know that their food is safe to consume? Does serving food harvested from dumpsters put these two rights at odds? Read the content linked above, and respond here by Sunday evening! Note that we have other reading due for class on Monday.