I had never heard of "Freegans"
June 22, 2007 10:58 AM
Apparently, they're bums with college degrees, who think being a vegan just isn't good enough. From The New York Times:
Freegans are scavengers of the developed world, living off consumer waste in an effort to minimize their support of corporations and their impact on the planet, and to distance themselves from what they see as out-of-control consumerism. They forage through supermarket trash and eat the slightly bruised produce or just-expired canned goods that are routinely thrown out, and negotiate gifts of surplus food from sympathetic stores and restaurants.
They organized a dumpster dive at NYU:
Ms. Brewster and her mother, who had come from New Jersey, loaded two area rugs into their cart. Her mother, who declined to give her name, seemed to be on a search for laundry detergent, and was overjoyed to discover a couple of half-empty bottles of Trader Joe’s organic brand. (Free and organic is a double bonus). Nearby, a woman munched on a found bag of Nature’s Promise veggie fries.
What digusting people! I bet they all smell terrible. Check out what they do about dental care:
“Once in a while I may buy a box of baking soda for toothpaste,” Mr. Weissman said. “And, sure, getting that to market has negative impacts, like everything.” But, he said, parsing the point, a box of baking soda is more ecologically friendly than a tube of toothpaste, because its cardboard container is biodegradable.
The rest of the article as all about how you have to quit your job and eat food that comes from dumpsters. And then, you too can live like an animal! Check out how this raccoon describes the creatures around her dumpster:
“Sometimes people will swoop in and grab something, especially when you see a half-used bottle of Tide detergent,” she said. “Who wouldn’t want it? But most people realize there’s plenty to go around.” She rooted around in the trash bin and found several half-eaten jars of peanut butter. “It’s a never-ending supply,” she said.
Never-ending supply, indeed. Wouldn't it be fun to get a bunch of liberals, put them in a gigantic terrarium, and just observe?