“Rummaging through the trash can” to find something to eat, and the Oxfordshire schoolgirl in a week’s time responds to rumors of hype

look at the street tramp looking for food in the trash can, we often can’t bear it. If there is a supermarket restaurant to send food to those who have no food or clothes, it will be more warm. But what if the dumpster dumpster is replaced by a young white-collar woman with good money, or even a female school bully at Oxford University?

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according to the daily mail, mirror and other media reports, an Oxford schoolgirl spends only 5 pounds (about 44 yuan) a week on food. How many meals can I have in London for less than 50 yuan?

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turned out that the female school bully actually relied on food discarded by restaurants and supermarkets, or even turned the trash can to find food!

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are all the food in the garbage can dare to eat?! Strangers do not know what to eat?! Netizens can’t help but sigh that the Oxford school bully is also real brave.

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who knows, this academic bully said, “turning the trash can” opened a new chapter in her life. “Turning over garbage” has many advantages, not only saving money, but also enabling her to make more friends, and even changing the past two frontline life from the company home! Now, by searching for food, she has explored many places in London that she has never been before. It seems that her whole life is more complete! The

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Red Star journalists have an exclusive conversation with Josephine Leung, a 25-year-old schoolgirl from Hong Kong. Listen to her story. As a middle-income person in London, how does she turn garbage and find something to eat? And more importantly, why does she have to be so “harsh” herself? Is it a show hype or saving money and environmental protection? The new life of

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“which have been changed to Asian stomach? Look at the food Josephine found! It’s far richer than people think. There are fresh fruits and vegetables, bread of the day, Sushi Platter, and even all kinds of delicious food in good restaurants.

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what’s more, Josephine said that even her stubborn Asian stomach had been changed after such a special foraging! Mingming, who has lived in Britain, America and other countries for many years, has always been faithful to Asian food. But now, with the authentic British food picked up, she has fully opened her love for foreign food.

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originally, some foods in British supermarkets and stores can only be sold on the same day, sometimes they have to be thrown away after a few minutes. In order to create the image of fast delivery and fresh food, some stores directly throw away the food that has not reached the shelf life. As a result, a lot of fresh, fully edible food is put into the garbage can.

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are food related majors, and they have worked for some charities and projects before. Josephine has learned about the grievous waste of food in the UK. As early as in the University, Josephine had studied in Denmark exchange for a semester. At that time, she often took part in the “garbage can trip” of the local university and contacted freegan group. This group is anti consumerism and advocates resource protection. Many people directly “recycle” discarded food. They played an important role in exposing the problem of food waste.

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adhere to the idea of “everyone is responsible for resisting food waste”. Josephine decided to start a sustainable lifestyle. With practical actions to show you that the quantity and quality of the food that is thrown away is beyond imagination. On this issue, there is a lot that can be done as an individual.

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now, Josephine has turned the intermittent “trash can” search for food in the past six months into a way of life, reducing the cost of eating to a few pounds a week. She also began to insist on taking photos and typing cards on social media, intending to implement them for a long time.

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found too much food

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can’t eat all by themselves, so they held “free food party”,

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and I paid attention to the discount information of the supermarket every day. Generally will buy in the supermarket some near the shelf life pastes the yellow mark the reduced price vegetables and fruits. We will also find information shared by people on several apps to know where there is food we don’t want. Now, about 80% of the food is found through the app, and then go straight to the goal. Only 20% of the food is found in the trash cans. Maybe two or three times a week. ”

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Josephine’s “foraging” is sometimes done near home, sometimes by bus or subway, to a few kilometers away. Most of the time, I go with my friends, sometimes I go by myself. “No matter what food we find that day, we will share it with the homeless people on the street.” When

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used to live in the Greater London area, it was the time when she turned the garbage cans in a more “deep” way. There are special garbage areas in the big supermarkets over there. At night, she will go with her friends, with a flashlight, wearing colored eyewear.

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now, when supermarkets like new Spitalfields close, they are full of leftover food. Supermarkets are also happy to give things to people who need food. So, she doesn’t need to bring any more foraging equipment at all. When the door is closed, she just takes a box to pack it.

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like to go to some chain restaurants besides wholesale supermarkets. When the door is closed, the shop assistants will take out the rest of the food. They can take it directly.

however, there are also “some stores will hide their trash cans in the fence; some will lock the trash cans; some will mix the leftover food together, so that people can’t eat any more; even others will pour paint on the leftover food.”

“I am a graduate student of global health science, so I know how important food health and safety are. I’ll only take the food that’s sealed and packaged. ”

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even if they are selected selectively, Josephine can find enough food in the trash can for her and her friends to eat. A lot of times, there are so many things that she can’t eat all by herself, so she will directly hold a “free food party”. Just the drinks and food she picked up will be enough!

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want to travel around the world with the money savedAlthough Josephine only chooses sealed food, most people still can’t imagine what kind of experience it is to eat all kinds of leftover food all the year round, even the food found from the garbage can. Do any friends of

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refuse to eat or attend her “free food party”? Will cutting off eating out completely affect social interaction? Can her parents understand and support her?

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Josephine told the Red Star News reporter that for her friends, it’s much more interesting to do an interesting project, or an interesting conversation, than to go to a new hot restaurant. It’s not only going out to eat and drink to be social.

and her parents know and understand her practices. “It’s a real luxury to have parents who understand and support themselves,” she said gratefully Before

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, Josephine would spend about 20-30 pounds a week on diet, and now the maximum is 5-10 pounds. “Actually, saving money is not the goal, and how much is not the key,” she said. Most media have emphasized this point, probably because it sounds so incredible. ”

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, however, there are obvious benefits to reduce the cost of food. She wants to travel around the world with the money saved, learn more about the story of preserving food, and learn some ways to preserve food. Like Chinese preserved egg, Scottish national dish haggis, Dutch Caramel waffle

“I want to learn about the innovations in food preservation methods, to know the talents who help people eat better, to know how to feed people’s stomachs, rather than fill the garbage cans.” Josephine felt that money should be spent “on experiences and experiences that create precious memories, not on materials.”

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are questioned, and

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are really hyped by the false environmental protection. They have never promoted their work

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. However, the British people, who are famous for their noble image of high cold, are also very complex in their response to her. Some people say that she is, as a “learning bully” who does not worry about food and clothing, to turn over the garbage can, on behalf of the “elite” but is doing the “bottom people” thing, no wonder she is ridiculed by the group.

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have also turned to dayold eats, the company Josephine works for, calling it the development company of olio, one of the apps that shares information about discarded food. So the voice of questioning her show and hype came out. Is it a planned app promotion or really environmental protection? Josephine

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stressed to red star that she had never promoted her work as a project manager of dayold eats in any media. Dayold eats and olio are two totally different companies, and they have no affiliation. She only participated in the work of the app as a user and volunteer. Reducing food waste is her lifestyle choice, so she supports organizations that contribute in this area.

“for me, the most important thing is to open a dialogue on food waste.” She would read comments on the Internet and even cherish the opportunity to talk with netizens.

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in all kinds of voices on the Internet, there are so many strangers who get her point perfectly – how serious is the waste of food, and everyone can actually do something to help solve this problem.

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as netizens said, don’t worry about it, she won’t eat the food that can’t be asked in the garbage can directly. It’s just a way to express opinions and draw people’s attention to the phenomenon of food waste.

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British media:

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8.4 million families in the UK can’t eat enough

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7.4 million tons of food are wasted every year

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according to the independent in January this year, 8.4 million families (equivalent to the whole population of London) in the UK can’t eat enough, half of them can’t eat a meal all day. But at the same time, whether businesses or families, there is a serious waste of food. 7.4 million tons of food are landfilled every year. On the one hand, there is a huge waste, on the other hand, there are countless people who are hungry. Most British people also take it for granted to throw away the surplus food.

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even so, many companies have made policies that require employees to throw away surplus food and not to give it to homeless people or charity organizations. With the efforts of some activists,

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have made progress in Britain. The chain restaurant pret a manger has a policy of donating surplus food. The supermarket Tesco and Sainsbury began to cooperate with some non-governmental organizations to donate the surplus food to charity. After Denmark, the UK also opened its first waste food supermarket in 2016, which specializes in selling discarded food within its shelf life. And the price is what the customer is free to give as much as they think fit.

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, however, these efforts are still a drop in the bucket, and few businesses do so.

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may not be able to live like Josephine. However, to let people understand and pay attention to this problem is the beginning of solving the problem.

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Red Star journalist Lin Rong

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editor Feng Lingling

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