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Old 01-10-05, 02:57 PM   #1
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Freegans

So, I had just awoke one early morning last week, and my step-dad had some nameless morning show on, and they were looking at this "Freegan" lifestyle. Apparently, "Freegans" eat only what they can find that has been thrown away by others. In other words, they are garbage pickers. I thought it was a bit absurd, but then he explained why, and he claimed that they are out to prove that you can live just fine feeding off of the things other people waste. I thought it was a tad extreme, but they do make a good point about the wasteful tendencies of American life.
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Old 01-10-05, 03:06 PM   #2
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don't piss in a cup and call it lemonade.
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Old 01-10-05, 03:29 PM   #3
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Yeah, I know some of those people. They eat roadkill, too, keeping the side of the road clean of carcasses for you and for me and our bikes!
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Yeah, I know some of those people. They eat roadkill, too, keeping the side of the road clean of carcasses for you and for me and our bikes!
Reminds me of something I read a long time ago. "Keep America Clean ... Eat the roadkill"

So I am just wondering if you could smell the freegans a mile away? And what is next the Beangans, Steakgans, Benigans.....
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Old 01-10-05, 06:23 PM   #6
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You should read Mongo:Adventures in Trash byTed Botha.
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cant you get rabies from eating roadkill?
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Old 01-10-05, 11:40 PM   #8
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When you are poor or homeless sometimes you don't have a choice. You do the things you need to do in order to survive. If we had a natural disaster where we couldn't have food readily available, or even a personal disaster, do you think you'd spend much time thinking about things like: Oh, this is past date? Or, there's no packaging on this item, hmmm ...I'll have to pass on it?
I ate quite a bit from a Safeway dumpster when I was younger and out of work. Tried to clean it best as I could or cook it if possible. Discovered how good artichokes are that way. We do throw out quite a lot that is still good.
But it's no joke if you are hungry.
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yes, but homeless people don't have bikes and internet access, so it's okay to make fun of 'em.
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Thats just icky sorry but I couldn't do that, I rather eat a bug then someones trash. But if there is a half eaten chocolate bar in there then I might have to give in.
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Thats just icky sorry but I couldn't do that, I rather eat a bug then someones trash. But if there is a half eaten chocolate bar in there then I might have to give in.
Or maybe a mostly intact chocolate eclair if it was sitting on top.
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Also the term has been used to describe vegans who will eat otherwise proscribed matter if it is free. I think this is actually where the term came from. I think the sheer amount of waste in the usa is far more disgusting than garbage picking.
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yes, but homeless people don't have bikes and internet access, so it's okay to make fun of 'em.
I don't know if you have ever lived in the Portland area but a number of the homeless here do have bicycles and with a library card one has access to the internet.
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I can't help but feel that in the event of a huge disaster, one where the whole social infrastructure breaks down and all government is lost, the homeless are the most likely to survive.
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Well, there's eating trash, and there's dumpster diving. If you say "eats trash" judgement has already been rendered by this verb noun combination, hasn't it? I know a lot of environmentalists, punx, and other assorted wildasses who live out of dumpsters, I've done it myself at times. It's the difference between eating a maggot strewn Big Mac and finding cases of perfectly good frozen food that are one day out of date or have damaged labels. Bread that is one day old is tossed, and is perfectly edible. Also, laughing at the homeless is morally reprehensible. Most of them are insane or drug addicted, and that's not all that funny.
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The Freegans are people who CHOOSE to eat this way, but have jobs, homes, etc. Homeless are people who have no CHOICE but to eat other peoples waste. I hate it when people tell homeless to "get a job". If you live in the gutter, it is kind of hard to successfully interview.
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I worked at a soup kitchen for about a year. We got food that was 2 days pass the sell by date and was still good, we got cartons of individually wrapped cookies that were perfectly good but the box was gnawed on or ripped, we got trash bags full of pasteries from bakeries who were gonna throw em away at the end of the day, we got lots and lots of fruit that were perfectly good if you cut the bruises out, we got lots of cans of dented food. You wouldn't believe the amount of food that normally gets thrown out before its even sold.
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