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freeganism: by Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Garbage Gleaners
Protecting the environment and eliminating waste one dumpster dive at a time.

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>> The USDA estimates that 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted and the issue is getting more attention.

It's no secret that food waste in the United States continues to
be a major problem. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted,
equivalent to $162 billion.
Food waste is bad for the environment and the economy, and it
is also often wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need. However, a staggering amount still ends up in landfills. The USDA estimates that 31 percent food loss at the retail
and consumer levels is equivalent to about 133 billion pounds.

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Why so much waste? Consumers
stray from the "ugly" produce in supermarkets, toss food after the package date has passed or buy in bulk
and can't consume it all before the
package date. Those I'm sure are just
a few examples of how food is wasted
in this country.
Although some people pride themselves on "wasting less" than other
households - there's no exact definition on what that means - the Freeganism lifestyle takes wasting less
to the highest level by showing that
one man's trash truly is another man's
treasure. "Freegans are people who
employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in
the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources," Freegan.info says. "Freegans embrace
community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation and sharing in opposition to a society based
on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity and greed."
The word freegan comes from
compounding "free" and "vegan,"
although not all freegans are vegan.
Those who take on the lifestyle want
to help the environment by reducing
waste and are doing so today predominately by dumpster diving; i.e.,
pulling food out of the garbage that
is still good to consume for themselves and others. Freegans typically
pick through supermarket dumpsters
that has mostly "ugly" fruit or food
that has reached its packaging date
instead of regular trash that may include a variety of other things in addition to food items.


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