This article is horrifying. Food that should have been distributed to hungry families was dumped into a landfill. Good food denied to people who need it because of what? Greed? The food is already going to waste. Callous disregard? Certainly seems like it. Bureaucracy? Possibly that too.
People even followed the trucks to the landfill in hopes of getting the non-perishable items, but were turned away.
This is what we are. A society that would throw good food away rather than give it to people who need it, who are hungry and impoverished, because there is not profit to it.
The money that went into producing the food, packaging the food, transporting the food, that money is wasted as well (though I supposed everyone else along the line got paid). So food goes to waste and people are hungry.
There are those who would say those people don’t deserve to eat if they can’t pay. That they are a drain on the system. Well sure, they are a drain on a system that focuses solely on making money. But they aren’t a drain on a system that is human and supports human beings. And that’s the kind of system we don’t have and do need.
What we have is this:
“In a capitalist society, the motive behind the production of food is not to feed people, housing is not made to give them shelter, clothing is not made to keep them warm, and health care is not offered primarily to keep people healthy. All of these things, which are and should be viewed as basic rights, are nothing other than commodities—to be bought and sold—from which to make a profit. If a profit cannot be made, usually due to overproduction in relation to the market, the commodity is considered useless by the capitalist and destroyed.
In this case, it appears the bank simply did not care. For the banks that have made their profits through evictions and foreclosures, it is little surprise that they showed no remorse in leaving people staring in disbelief, with empty bags, as they watched the food that could be feeding their families dumped into a landfill instead.”
Things are only going to get worse and we all should ask ourselves if this is really the kind of system we want, one based purely on making money.
It’s not working, or more accurately, it’s working for the 1%. The rest of us? We could be those people being denied food, being fired for not being efficient enough, being laid off because producing in other countries with no labor laws is more cost effective. And in a culture like this, we’d be the ones blamed for our own misfortunes, yes? We’d be the drain on the system.
We, as human beings, don’t matter in a system like this, save to help the system make itself more money.
That’s not really a dream, but a nightmare.