I just found this video about freegans – and must admit that my upbringing was a bit in the way. But when the initial disgust settled, it is a good idea, and very frugal too. In Denmark it is not allowed to go through other peoples / stores garbage. No garbage is left outside, but put in containers often placed totally inaccessible. There was this local group that broke in to dumpsters of shops and prepaire meals for the homeless based upon what they find. They got arrested for stealing seemingly worthless garbage all the time. What I can not understand is the unwillingness to donate perfectly good food that you otherwise would throw out.
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.
Watch Anderson Cooper’s 360 CNN peice on dumpster diving also called Freeganism.
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