Grocery prices have been steadily rising for Canadians to the point where as of late, many people on a tight budget have to limit their purchases in order to keep their grocery bill in check. While everyone has different techniques on how to keep their food bills low, some people are going down a more unconventional route, to say the least.
In fact, it turns out that people are actually resorting to dumpster diving for their groceries these days. The Ontarian bringing the practice to the spotlight is a 30-year-old woman named Edith Wilson who dived throughout her time as a student at the University of Guelph.
Wilson explained that while she was in school, money was tight and as a result, she began to dumpster dive in order to make ends meet. She told CBC "if you just flip open the lid and ... it's a produce market, or something like that, you'll most likely see just the day-old fruits and vegetables that have, maybe, a little spot on it."
While it does sound a bit offputting at first, considering Wilson told CBC she only spent $20 a month on groceries, it definitely makes you think twice about it. Especially considering food from the dumpster often looks as ordinary as this:
It's also worth considering that Canada has a serious waste issue when it comes to food as the country is one of the biggest food wasters. While Wilson's choice might seem unconventional, not only did she cut her grocery costs significantly, but she played a small role in alleviating Canada's food waste problem too.
More often than not, produce that finds itself in the dumpster isn't actually bad, but just doesn't look good enough to provoke people to buy it instead of other "prettier" produce. For Wilson, she mostly took kale, zucchini, potatoes and tomatoes from dumpsters but made sure to never take meat.
Considering that many grocery items are expected to spike come 2019, it will be interesting to see if Canadians will be grocery shopping more consciously in the future. It would be a stretch to believe that more Canadians will start dumpster diving as grocery prices go up. But, it's likely that less "attractive" produce will start to seem more attractive than ever.