A Bad Economy and the High Cost of Food Means Tough Times Ahead…
My name is Tom, and I am part of the Escapeartist Team. You don’t need me to tell you that these troubled economic times have forced many people to cut back on activities such as dining out and weekend vacations.
But did you know it has gotten so bad for some that they are actually searching for food in dumpsters and trash cans?
Believe it or not, it’s true. Recent news reports and articles in papers such as the New York Times have reported on the hard times, with factual accounts and news footage of residents living in Spain that are choosing to find their meals in the trash.
It’s a terrible sight to see, but these once proud people have suffered heavily from economic woes, and there are no signs of a recovery in the near future.
Spain has tried to rectify the situation, but it seems as if things are only growing worse. Even working families are running out of the money needed to make ends meet, and so many have had to resort to these drastic measures in order to feed themselves.
This has happened before, in many other countries, and still goes on today for many in America. Those people you see searching for food in the trash aren’t just homeless people—some of them have jobs and families just like you—they just can’t make ends meet anymore.
Before you think it could never happen to you, realize that the economy doesn’t seem to be getting any better…
…and with many other countries also having bad troubles with their own economy, things might get even worse in the months to come, maybe even for years.
(Still can’t believe it? Click right here to see the proof. You might be alarmed by what you read, but there is information that can also provide you with important tips on how you can take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.)
“Freeganism” – Dumpster Diving By Choice
Before I tell you more about how you can protect yourself, I need you to understand some more of the facts.
We aren’t talking here about people who choose to dumpster dive as a lifestyle.
There are actually two types of people who look through dumpsters for food; those who have no choice, and those who do it BY CHOICE.
In America, there are those who call themselves “freegans,” and they’ve made the conscious choice to find their meals in the trash, even making it sort of a growing trend.
There are a few reasons the “freegans” have chosen to do this. Some do it because they feel they are helping the environment by recycling old trash and not contributing any new trash.
Other “freegans” have chosen this lifestyle for political purposes, and feel that by doing so they are protesting against a consumer-obsessed culture.
And then some “freegans” do it simply because it saves them a significant amount of money.
With the rising costs of food and other items we use on a daily basis in the home in order to live comfortably, one cannot deny that dumpster diving can save you lots of money.
In fact, even President Obama and his wife have engaged in the dumpster diving trend. A recent speech by Michele Obama revealed that when they were first married and living in an apartment, they retrieved a discarded coffee table from a dumpster, which served as their sole item of furniture. Can you believe it? President Obama was once a dumpster diver!
So the phenomenon isn’t as crazy as you think, and it isn’t likely to fade away either, not with the way the economy is.
In fact, it has been predicted that soon thousands will join the growing ranks of dumpster divers—even those that never thought they would do so will get on boots and gloves and hop into a dumpster filled with trash, looking for anything they can use, from food to furniture to household items.
But the above statement makes it sound s though people will be doing it for fun and by choice.
Unfortunately that isn’t the case.
These thousands that thought they would never engage in dumpster iving will be doing because they actually have no choice…
Freeganism Without Choice
The residents of Spain blame the government and the high unemployment rate for the problems they are facing.
The rate has risen as high as 50% for young adults, according to the New York Times.
The overall unemployment rate is a scary high 23%.
So what are these people to do? If they want to be able to feed themselves and avoid starvation, they must resort to dumpster diving. They have no choice…
If They Want To Survive
Many supermarkets in one city in Spain have taken to locking their dumpsters so that people cannot get a them.
The idea of putting the locks on the dumpsters was suggested by city official Eduardo Berloso. Some say he did it simply to spite the poor citizens who needed to find food.
The city official claims it was done for health reasons.
He is quoted as saying, “It’s against the dignity of these people to have to look for food in this manner.”
Dignity or not, health is more important, and what the city official doesn’t understand is that these people aren’t going to be healthy if they can’t eat.
Meanwhile, the government in Spain will be attempting to put in place additional measures designed to stop over spending and help them to better balance the budget.
A speech was given by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajo, in which he is quoted as saying, “These measures are not pleasant, but they are necessary. Our public spending exceeds our income by tens of billions of euros.”
While the measures might in fact be necessary, they are still hurting the poor people of Spain greatly.
Some of the measures that have hurt the people even more are cuts in their unemployment benefits and higher sales taxes. In fact, the tax rate has reached 21%!
The raised taxes have affected food prices, which is something the poor in Spain definitely cannot afford to go any higher.
The Reactions Have Been Angry and Violent
All these measure that have continued to hurt the people of Spain have resulted in anger, distress, protests, and even mobs that have taken to the streets and attacked police.
In response to the mobs, police retaliated and attempted to disperse the crowds with rubber bullets. The mob fought back by throwing all types of objects at the police, including rocks and firecrackers.
There was a short period where things quieted down, but that was just the calm before the storm.
On September 24th, a mob consisting of 6,000 angry Spanish citizens marched down the streets of Madrid, and protested in front of Spanish Parliament.
The protest soon turned violent, and the police were needed to disperse the crowd once again with rubber bullets. Some say some of the protesters were also beaten back.
Once again, some of the protestors became violent. News reports indicate that police beat back demonstrators with batons and fired rubber bullets on the crowd.
There is Worse on the Horizon
Some say that there is still plenty worse to come.
Charities who feed the poor and homeless have reported that the amount of meals they typically serve has increased greatly over a period of 4 years. Studies also show that the poverty rate in Spain is about 22%.
The numbers are expected to get worse as the economy also worsens.
This isn’t only happening in Spain.
There have been troubles in Greece for quite some, and many other nations in the EU might soon find things growing steadily worse.
When that happens, there will likely be thousands upon thousands of more people resorting to dumpster diving.
Think that’s as bad as it’s going to get? Think again…
The Price of Food is Still Rising
With a recent drought this year affecting many crops in the United States, the cost of food will keep rising. This will affect food prices in many other countries as well.
Rabobank, an investment bank, has released a report that claims farmers worldwide are slaughtering large amounts of their livestock. Why are they doing this?
Because the farmers can no longer afford to feed the animals.
After the initial extra supply of meat in grocery stores runs out, prices on meat products will get much higher as well.
According to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, food prices are expected to rise by an estimated 14.1% as quickly as the summer of 2013. This rise will far exceed the rise in salaries and benefits received by the people.
So what will the people do when their income isn’t enough to meet their expenses?
That’s right. The difficult but necessary choice of dumpster diving.
Make Sure You Don’t Have to Resort to Freeganism
Although we’d like to, we know that Escapeartist simply isn’t able to find a solution for all the world’s financial difficulties.
But we can help the people help themselves. By giving you useful information, and providing you with the means to acquire much needed resources, we can help you make it through these tough times.
Think it’s too late? Think we’re offering empty promises? Think you don’t have enough money to do anything?
Don’t make excuses when your life, and the lives of your family, are at stake.
You can make the right choice now…
…you can use what little you have left to rebuild and re-grow your wealth…
…and you can save yourself from a terrible fate…
…so long as you realize that you aren’t doing this just for the now, but also for a better future.
Just because you can’t do anything to change the government austerity measures, and just because you can’t do anything to make food prices lower and wages higher…
Doesn’t mean you can’t do anything for yourself.
Now is the time to act. We give you all the information you need to make the right choices and change your life for the better.
We have faith and confidence in you.
We’ll be happy to help you if you need it.
(We’re waiting to meet you).
Your Partner In Prosperity,
The Escapeartist Research Team