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Dec 3rd 2005

Freeganism

What is a freegan?

“Freegan” is an amalgamation of the words “free” and “vegan”. Vegans are people who avoid products from animal sources or products tested on animals in an effort to avoid harming animals.

What does a freegan do?

Many freegans sustain themselves by recovering and making practical use of the the massive waste of our materialistic, greed-driven economy.

In other words, freegans dumpster dive for food.

I don’t know which is more shocking, that people are willing to be filmed picking through the trash for food, or that some fool threw away an unopened, unexpired bag of tomato-bacon parmigiano.

Of course, there is a philosophy behind this…

…in a complex, industrial mass-production society economy driven by profit, abuses of humans, animals, and the Earth abound at all levels of production from acquisition to raw materials to production to transportation. Sweatshop labor, rainforest destruction, global warming, displacement of indigenous communities, air and water polution, eradication of wildlife on farmland as “pests”, the violent overthrow of popular governments to maintain banana republics, open pit strip mining, oil drilling in environmentally sensitive areas, union busting, child slavery, and payoffs to repressive regimes are just some of the many impacts of the seemingly innocuous consumer products we buy every day. Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations and where massively complex systems of productions ensure that the products we buy will have detrimental impacts we may never even consider.

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