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Mar 19, 2008

I've been having a difficult time defining freeganism-even though I like the idea. In an announcement I just posted on a freegan feast I found an excellent definition of freeganism:

"Freegan? Yes, living beyond capitalism.

"In making everyday food, corporations harm the environment, mistreat workers, and abuse animals. When we buy these products, we support these injustices, because corporations need our money to operate, and when their products sell, it just encourages them to make more. 
"Freegans are people who avoid paying for food and other goods we use in a variety of ways – including recovering good stuff that stores waste.
"Every day, stores throw away and waste huge amounts of still-fresh food, because they order or make more than they can sell.  They could donate it to charity – but instead they just throw it away!  Freegans collect this thrown away food from the store's garbage bags FOR FREE and eat it and share it with others!  It may sound strange or gross – but the food is still clean, fresh, and safe to eat. "

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Posted: Wednesday March 19, 2008, 6:14 am
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Sandra Carr (57)
Wednesday March 19, 2008, 7:55 am
Sounds like a good idea. How do we go about it?

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2008, 12:51 pm
In many places there are laws against "dumpster diving", and with good reason!

ie: How many homeless peeps or dumpster divers does it take to aquire "class action" lawsuit status against a food store that has made available for distribution (free or not) food that has exceeded it's FDA regulated shelf-life, and as a result - caused a instance/instances of food poisoning or other harmful illnes???

The consumption of discarded food will always come with validated risks, and should never be taken advantage of simply because it is "free".

I know peeps do it, but they are certainly doing so @ a very high risk, and this is why food-chain stores, bakeries, etc will not "donate" food, or will call the police when they see peeps trying to collect their discarded "bags" of food.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2008, 12:56 pm
In many places there are laws against "dumpster diving", and with good reason!

ie: How many homeless peeps or dumpster divers does it take to aquire "class action" lawsuit status against a food store that has made available for distribution (free or not) food that has exceeded it's FDA regulated shelf-life, and as a result - caused a instance/instances of food poisoning or other harmful illnes???

The consumption of discarded food will always come with validated risks, and should never be taken advantage of simply because it is "free".

I know peeps do it, but they are certainly doing so @ a very high risk, and this is why food-chain stores, bakeries, etc will not "donate" food, or will call the police when they see peeps trying to collect their discarded "bags" of food.

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