A dumpster diver picks through discarded food items in the back lot of a supermarket in Berlin on May 17, 2019. AFP / John MACDOUGALL
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Wearing a balaclava and a headlamp under the cover of night, Andrea slips under an imposing fence into the backyard of a Berlin supermarket.Carrying a penalty reaching up to hundreds of euros (dollars), dumpster diving is considered theft in Germany.Nevertheless, hundreds of activists across Germany still choose to carry on in the hope that they can force the industry to take action to end food waste.Government data show that 11 million tons of food is dumped annually in Germany.In a case that sparked waves in Germany, two students were sentenced in January for "serious theft" to eight hours of social work and 225 euros in fines each for having taken items from a supermarket bin.In France, a law from 2016 against food waste bans supermarkets bigger than 400 square meters from throwing food away and making it unconsumable.But in Germany, it is left up to the discretion of industry.
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