Check out this short film about waste cooking, entitled "Days in Trash":
I wonder what I would find if I went diving in my neighbor's trash. I worry about the Florida heat spoiling things much faster that it does for the Austrian freegans. I think your window of time to emancipate discarded food from the trash is much smaller here in South Florida. And I guess you have to be strategic about where you go for food--I'm much more likely to hit the "waste" jackpot outside a grocery store than I am rummaging around my neighborhood bins.
There is so much to talk about with this... it brings forward all kinds of problems with our culture's need for convenience and the over-processing of food and our notions of what saleable food should look like. I am cautious with all of this, though, knowing full-well that bad food has the potential to kill. And any one who has ever suffered through a bad bout of food poisoning knows these dangers first hand. I'm sure we've all made a decision here or there to be safe vs. sick, perhaps tossing a food item whose long tenure in the fridge left it shrouded in food-safety mystery.
So? For me? I probably won't be toying with freeganism any time soon, though I'm curious to learn more about these folks. I am going to continue working to reduce and/or eliminate as much food waste as I can in my home, and really reduce home waste in general. I think a composter is in our future. I'm also curious to learn more about how restaurants and supermarkets deal with food waste. I know I've seen discounted produce and products in obscure back-corner piles and have heard of businesses having relationships with shelters and soup kitchens. But how widespread are these responsible maneuvers? And what places actually do these things?