Containern (Leben aus dem "Müll" einer Wegwerfgesellschaft)

(vom 12.04.2010)

Ja, ja. Das gute alte Containern. Ich selbst habe es schon manchmal gemacht. Es kommt einem manchmal wie Sport vor. Prinzip: Aus den Mülleimern der Supermärkte gute Sachen rausfischen.

Wir leben in einer solch dekadenten Gesellschaft, dass bei Handelsmärkten (Rewe, Aldi, Bioläden etc., ...) teilweise abgepackte und noch haltbare Dinge in den Müll geworfen werden, um Platz für Neues zu machen das die Regale füllt. Dieser Dinge gibt es sogar so viele, dass man in einer Stadt ausschließlich davon leben könnte ohne einen Penny auszugeben. Zudem ist es außerdem moralisch mehr als vertretbar. Durch antrainierte und vererbte oder anerzogene "Vernunft" fragt man sich da jedoch öfter nach den gesundheitlichen Risiken.

Zumal ist ohnehin schon ziemlich schwer ist, in dieser Gesellschaft wirklich gesund zu bleiben. Dazu habe ich einen netten Forumseintrag aus der Gruppe "Dumpster Diving", in dem Internetnetzwerk "" von einem Finnen gelesen, den ich jetzt zwecks Verbreitung hier poste:

how to get clean & safe dumpster food? any health issues?
Boil it, cook it, peel it or leave it - the old phrase for avoiding tourist diarrhoea also applies in my opinion somewhat for dumpster diving. I'm rather picky with my dumbster food and suggest others not to take it too lightly either when it comes to food hygiene.

TRUST YOUR SENSES? Usually you can see and smell if the food has gone bad. Nobody would eat rotten eggs, mouldy bread or sour milk by accident. However, not every germ creates a notable change in the food quality and yet can still be poisonous.

COOK IT! By cooking your food you get rid of almost all bacteria and viruses, but somespecies can resist cooking for up to 30 minutes. An example of such bacterium is Clostridium botulinum, which produces the most dangerous poison known on earth. So it's advisable to cook your food well when possible and wash when not.

FRESH FROM THE DUMPSTER? Good thing is, that in order to get any of these hard-to-die germs, they have to be in the sealed food package before they got in the dumpster, which however, is more often than one would imagine. Unpacked stuff can be contaminated in the container and therefore should be treated with extra care. The shops often pick up soon-to-be out-of-date food during the day and leave it to warm up before throwing it away at the end of the day. Then it takes another hour or so before you come and pick up the food from the warm dumpster. Meanwhile any germs that accidentally ended up in the package have grown exponentially to such proportion, that they can cause you an infection. Therefore it is not guaranteed that even best before tomorrow food is edible when you pick it up in the evening.

BEST BEFORE? At least in Finland there are two kinds of expiry dates for food, the Best Before Date and the Last Day of Consumption Date. Food in the former category does not really spoil rather than loses its taste and texture. I still eat 18 months old spaghetti from a gigantic load I found last year and it's perfectly fine.LAST DAY OF CONSUMPTION? With the Last Day of Consumption one should be much more careful. These are foods that slowly start going bad in the aforementioned way of increasing germ load. Governmental food safety department and factories determine the range each food stays good ca. 99.9999999% of times. Of course each package and batch is individual, hence you can get a food poisoning from normal food you buy from store as well. After the date of expiry these foods are still likely to be good for at least a few days, because of the necessary margins, but every day the chance of infection increases exponentially.

TEMPERATURES? Temperatures are extremely important when it comes to general food safety. If you read packages you will find that each food article has a suggested storing temperatures and factories, transportations and shops are required to follow these orders. When you pick food from the dumpster, the "cold chain" is usually broken and speeded germ growth appears. In summertime hot dumpsters are ideal places for germs to grow, so you have to be extra careful especially with stuff that used to be frozen. Many people seem to think that you can kill germs by freezing the food, but unfortunately this does not apply to those temperature resistant germs that also tolerate hot water. Some bacteria form spores that endure these changes and reactivate when reheated.

Sorry about the long post, IN SHORT

- Think that food poisoning is harmless. Usually they are mild, but at worst it can kill you.
- Eat something that looks, smells or tastes suspicious
- Eat ready-made food, dairy products, meat or worst of all fish that is long out of date and has been in the warm dumpster for a long time
- Take this message too seriously

- Always wash your food well
- Cook your food when possible
- Eat vegetables, they are generally safer (but can host most of the same germs that meat does)
- Prefer food that is packed and hasn't touched the dirty container (out of packet stuff is okay, but should be washed extra well)
- Keep your wits and enjoy dumpster diving!

Gotta get off for my nightly dumpster tour. Happy divings!

PS: No food is automatically neither safe nor unsafe. It's all about probabilities. People are also different, and those living with bigger germload develop resistance against infections. I did not write this post to intimidate people, but to give my idea why it is perfectly okay to dumpsterdive and why it might be also dangerous. Happy divings again!



  (von HumanimalAnartist)

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