Economic implosion in Spain driving citizens to ‘dumpster diving’ survival food scavenging…(Could It Happen Here?)
by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Make no mistake – the economic situation in a number of European nations is deteriorating rapidly, so much so that basic survival has become an issue for more and more people.
Consider Spain, whose government will have to borrow €207 billion (about $334.6 billion) next year just to survive (widening the country’s debt to more than 90 percent of its annual gross domestic product – the sum of all its revenues), many people are turning to dumpsters and garbage to feed themselves.
“On a recent evening, a hip-looking young woman was sorting through a stack of crates outside a fruit and vegetable store here in the working-class neighborhood of Vallecas as it shut down for the night,” says The New York Times in a story last week. “At first glance, she looked as if she might be a store employee. But no. The young woman was looking through the day’s trash for her next meal.”
The woman had scored about 12 or so “aging potatoes” that she deemed good enough to eat and put them on a nearby luggage cart.
“When you don’t have enough money, this is what there is,” she said, declining to give her name to the paper but justifying her “dumpster diving.”