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Jane Velez-Mitchell dumpster dives!

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  • Jane Velez-Mitchell joins a group of 'freegans' on a dumpster dive
  • Doctors warn of potential health risks of dumpster diving

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Jane Velez-Mitchell dumpster dives!

Editor's Note: Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and it’s the time of year when everyone starts heading outside to enjoy the fresh air and the warm weather. With that in mind, Jane Velez-Mitchell is proud to focus the entire hour of her show on Memorial Day on improving and maintaining one of our most precious resources: the environment.  Jane will be joined by our very special guest, Philippe Cousteau, as we highlight ways average people have been able to make a big difference.

Jane Velez-Mitchell goes dumpster diving! No, you did not misread that sentence. Last night, on the newly re-launched Jane Velez-Mitchell, Jane went out with a group of "freegans" as they “rescued” food from the trash.

Freegans go to restaurants and stores and dig through their trash to find edible food that's been thrown out, whether it's day old bread or leftovers from the end of a meal service. They say it saves them money and cuts down on waste at the same time.

Jane Velez-Mitchell goes dumpster diving! No, you did not misread that sentence. Last night, on the newly re-launched Jane Velez-Mitchell, Jane went out with a group of "freegans" as they “rescued” food from the trash.

Freegans go to restaurants and stores and dig through their trash to find edible food that's been thrown out, whether it's day old bread or leftovers from the end of a meal service. They say it saves them money and cuts down on waste at the same time.

The freegans Jane went out with say they take precautions when going through the trash and they have never gotten sick from dumpster diving. But doctors do not hesitate to point out the risks involved in taking food from the trash.

Dr. Jennifer Shu, co-author of "Food Fights" tells us, "Freegans are taking a big chance on eating food out of dumpsters. Just because something looks safe doesn't mean that it is. Looks can be deceiving. Bacteria can quickly multiply on perishable food, and you can get extremely ill. You don't know how long something has been sitting out, or how long it's been in the garbage."

So why are freegans willing to take this risk? Jane asks them why they do this and if they know about the potential health risks involved. She also gets up close and personal with a dumpster or two and -- spoiler alert -- in one case, she bites off more than she can chew. 

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

 

Please join Jane on the beautiful beaches of Southern California for a very special edition of Jane Velez-Mitchell, Memorial Day 7pm ET on HLN. 

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