I'm Eric Rivkin, the freelance rawfood chef and instructor. My dad was a pharmacist, so I got what he did best for treating my stuffed sinuses and allergies. Lots of drugs and more of the same SAD food that helped cause the diseases.
In all my last 10 years taking responsibility for my health, going raw and healing all my allergies and stuffy sinuses, I rarely come across a book with such a courageous, no holds barred truth telling information than DYING TO GET WELL. If you or someone you love is taking pharmaceuticals or thinking about it, this 160 page 3-book is really worth reading and can save lives.
"Dying To Get Well gives you information the medical communities and drug companies pray you'll never see! They want you to stay ignorant to these facts about the cause of and the natural cure to disease; because when you remain ignorant, they remain RICH!"
If you are lucky you will read Dying To Get Well before you have subjected yourself to harmful prescription drugs and/or surgeries. But even if you've been drugged for numerous years, and/or sliced open once or several times; it is almost never to late for you to apply the information given and reverse your disease!
Dying To Get Well is a book for those who want to take charge of their health and their life! It is a book for those who no longer want to poison their systems with the dangerous drugs their doctors are all too readily handing out."
Hats off to Erica of schoolofrawk for her enthusiastic reminder. This sharing is part of an ongoing effort by the Viva La Raw Project, a non-profit charity whose mission is rawfood education and research support.
Halloween Rocks! Celebrate Early at the 4th Annual Really Really Free Market with:
live music by Free Stuff and DJ Suggested D. skillshares radical literature food and drinks provided by Freegan.info face painting for children Tarot Card reading an advice booth haircuts piñatas free clothes books movies software toys and much more!
AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED, so make sure you don't miss anything and come to St. Mark's Church on Sunday, October 28th between noon and 5 p.m.! 2nd Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets Bring friends and gifts, leave your wallet at home!
***************************************** The Really Free Market is an open-air bazaar and celebration, where we discard capitalist notions of interaction and have fun trying new models of exchange.
This will only be as great as you make it. We will provide the framework; you supply the material. Bringing free stuff and planning skill-shares are great ways to get involved.
If you have a skill to share, stuff to give away, a crazy art thing to do, music to play, an idea for entertainment or a topic to discuss; email us soon and let us know what you are planning! Otherwise, plan on bringing your own table or blanket and coming and going as you please.
If you want contact us, just e-mail: inourhearts[at]gmail.com.
Show up to St. Mark's Church with something to share, and let this be another step in our movement towards a really, really free world.
WHY REALLY REALLY FREE MARKETS?
Because there is enough for everyone.
Because sharing is more fulfilling than owning.
Because corporations would rather the landfills overflow than anyone get anything for free.
Because scarcity is a myth constructed to keep us at the mercy of the economy.
Because a sunny day outside is better than anything money could buy.
***************************************** Stuff to consider bringing, services you many consider providing:
music (bands/musicians --acoustic), food (pretty much anything), clothes, books, movies (vhs/dvd), recorded music (tapes, cds), computer software, kitchen supplies, electronics, plants, instruments, picture frames, office supplies, candles, knick knacks, toys, jewelry, skillshares (hands-on stuff like how-to change a bike tire, make sushi, make a stencil, get social services, etc. etc.), and skills (massage, haircuts, reiki, etc. etc.)
They eat food they find in bins and are driven by conscience, not financial need. Meet the freegans.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, so the saying goes, but freegans beg to differ.
They only eat food they can scavenge for free from supermarket dustbins. Most is only just past its sell-by date, some is still within it but the packaging has been damaged.
The freegan philosophy of "ethical eating" is a reaction against a wasteful society and a way of highlighting how supermarkets dump tonnes of food every year that is still edible.
They argue capitalism and mass production exploit workers, animals and the environment. For the most extreme proponents, freeganism - the name combines free and vegan - is a total boycott of the economic system.
The "urban foragers" do not like to reveal the exact location in which they operate so as not to alert store managers to their after-hours work. In America they call it "dumpster diving" and when the shops shut, that's what they do.
Freegans Paul and Bob operate in a suburb of Manchester and have a network of bins that provided rich pickings.
For them it is a lifestyle choice. They have money and could buy food if they wanted, but as a protest against supermarket waste they choose to live a freegan life.
"There's so much waste it's just unbelievable," says Bob. "While that continues I can't see my freegan lifestyle changing."
On a night out with them, the pair delve deep into their first bin of the night to see what they can salvage. It's a good start - yoghurts, a cauliflower, eggs, mushrooms and some ready meals.
Raiding a second bin they discover it's full of bread, loaf after loaf and many of them still in date. But the haul is nothing compared to their best-ever bin raid a few months ago.
"We got 75 bottles of beer, 100 frozen chickens and all sorts of things like that," says Paul.
"We found so much food we went out and bought ourselves a big deep freeze and filled it with chickens, meat and all that."
To get from bin raid to bin raid they use a converted post office van. It's where they store all their food and also where they now live - a mobile home in the truest sense.
Not every raid delivers. One major supermarket chain has secured its bins behind fencing and barbed wire, an effective way of keeping the freegans out.
Each item raided from a bin is washed and the packing wiped over with disinfectant. Then it's opened up and cooked even if its past its sell by date. Seafood is banned if not in date but they'll give everything else a try and are rarely ill.
Many supermarkets now give their leftover food to charity and while waste has been cut, a lot of food is still thrown out. So what do they think of freegans?
"As a responsible fresh grocery retailer we cannot condone this behaviour," says a spokesman for Somerfield. "We have reduced our wastage levels by improved processes and by giving our stores the opportunity to markdown products earlier to ensure that they are sold within their use by dates."
But it's not just supermarkets who are to blame. Figures from the Waste Resources Action Programme - which works with businesses and consumers to cut waste - claim households in Britain are among the most wasteful in the world.
Each year 6.7 million tonnes of food is thrown out. Half is perfectly edible and in a lifetime its estimated that each of us wastes up to £24,000 worth of food.
It's figures like these that are the reason Paul and Bob live life the freegan way.
Here is a selection of your comments.
We were doing this 20 years ago. A major Supermarket chain used to dump food in palladins on the day that the expiry date expired. I remember one summers afternoon sitting in the garden of my North London squat eating chocolate eclairs and fresh strawberries. I was looking forward to my evening meal of fillet steak. Unfortunately, now I have appearences to keep up so I have to pay for my self-indulgence Nick, Hackney
A superb idea. I'm tempted to dive for cans of mushrooms myself. A friend of mine worked for a supermarket and was fired for eating a sandwich that was destined for the dumpster! James, Berkhamsted, UK
I can't afford to throw good food away, but I wouldn't even if I was rich. It is so easy to cook up raw food into a stew, pie or curry and have it a day or two later. Raw or cooked food can be put in the freezer so easily. Just wrap it well. Only rule there is never refreeze without cooking in between. Of course the easiest thing is don't buy too much in the first place. I do feel that someone who throws out a significant proportion of what they buy has got to be too stupid to run a household. People who do that are mad and ultimately selfish. There is only so much food in the world - while I don't recommend posting packets of mash to Drafur - you could always buy less and give the money to charity? Retailers should have to distribute any edible waste. Only disposing of fully out of date stuff. Sandy, Derby, UK
Freegans are such hypocrits. You can afford to buy the food yet choose not to, so it's thrown out, then you scrub through a bin for it. You may as well be stealing it from the shop. You're causing the waste by not buying the food in the first place. Sounds like a poor excuse for being tight fisted to me, not a protest against supermarkets. Kirsty, Leeds
Years ago I was very skint and had to eat like this to survive. I don't agree with the waste and think that homeless charities could be given more by the supermarkets earlier so the food is still edible. Also marking the food down by more than the odd 20p would encourage people to buy the nearly out of date food in the store so it doesn't end up in the bin. The supermarkets were aware that some people were scavenging from the bins when I was doing it and would purposely pour bleach or washing powder on the food to render it inedible. I hope that they feel ashamed. Naomi, Bristol
Scroungers. Why don't they go in to the store and look for the reduced items that will end up in the bin and BUY IT! Strewth everybody wants something for nothing. I bet if this lot hurt themselves whilst getting the food they'll sue the supermarkets! Ed, Cardiff
Good for you! I think this is a fair way for showing that so much food is thrown out, but hasn't gone off - I have only just taught my other half that 'Best before' doesn't mean that at the stroke of midnight the food will instantly go 'off' but that it may taste better before this date. Our society is such a 'throw away' society and needs to find out that there are other ways to recycle and save the planet, such as this (not wasting good food). Shazbhatt, Sheffield, UK
Good luck to Paul, Bob and others who follow this trend. I'm not sure Ild do it myself, but I think they are certainly proving a point that far too much good food is wasted. The only point I would like to disagree on is the term 'freegan' which has apparently been made up from the words free and vegan. As Bob and Paul will eat meat and other animal products they have foraged for, they are not vegans. 2PennyWorth, Dudley
Why would anyone not condone Freeganism? If the food is going to waste, and the Supermarkets have not arranged for it to go to a good cause - something which i understand M&S does - then, in my opinion, it's up for grabs! If Somerfield doesn't like their bins being raided, then they should get rid of unnecessary packaging, and donate left over food to charity. Hazel, edinburgh
Buying and using a huge deep-freeze big enough for 100 chickens when you don't really need to isn't particularly environmentally sound. Rachael, Cambridge
I know everyone is looking for the best way to express themselves but I prefer food from grocery stores than from neighbourhoods bins. Tom Sikorski, Bradford, West Yorkshire
You can justify it all you like. You can sugar coat it. But it's EATING FROM A BIN. Matthew MacGregor, Inverness, Scotland
I used to work in the foodhall of a department store and every night when we closed they would get all the loaves of very expensive fresh bread, all the cream cakes, buns and pastries and shove them all into bin bags ready for the bin. When I once asked if we could have any to take home, I was told 'of course, at full price'. It used to really bother me that as I left work there was always homeless people outside the store - why the company couldn't - and still don't - donate this food to charity I don't know. It is such a waste! Liz, Manchester
Sunday October 28th 12-5pm 4th Annual Halloween Really Really Free Market St. Mark's Church (2nd Ave Bet. 10th & 11th St.) NYC The Really Really Free Market is an open-air bazaar and celebration, where we discard capitalist notions of interaction and have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect free food, music, clothing, books other things and fun!
Rep. Charlie Rangel: Don't Trade Away Animal Rights and the Environment w/ the Peru Free Trade Agreement!
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Chair of the US House of Representative's Ways and Means Committee, is Congress' strongest and most influential supporter of the Peru Free Trade Agreement (PUFTA), which will destroy Amazon rainforests and expand factory farming! Tell Charlie that we will not let him sell out animals and the environment for corporate profits! Planning Meeting: Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 PM, The Brecht Forum, West Street between Bank and Bethune Streets, Manhattan, NYC. A, C, E or L to 14th Street & 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave. to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left. OR, 1, 2, or 3 to 14th Street & 7th Ave, get off at south end of station, walk west on 12th Street to 8th Ave. left to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left.
Sign, Banner, & Costume Making & Street Theater Rehearsal: Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, 15 Thames Street, Brooklyn (L train to Morgan Avenue) Noon to 6 PM (or later).
Teach-in on Trade Opposed to extending Fast Track? Opposed to the Colombian, the Korean, or the Peru Free Trade Agreement?
If you’re concerned with U.S. international trade policy and its effect on both workers in this country and in Korea and the nations of South America you should come to the Teach-in on Trade for more detailed information on these agreements and a tool kit to help you work for their defeat. At the Teach-in we’ll prepare for a lobbying trip to Washington on Wednesday March 7.
Co-Sponsored by NYC People’s Referendum on Free Trade, Wetlands Activism Collective, Global Justice for Animals, Koreans Against War and Neoliberalism, New York Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Movement Against the FTAs, Polo Democratico, Health GAP (Global Access Project) and others.
The Teach-in on Trade will bring you information on what’s happening in Washington, information not generally covered in the popular media. We also bring you:
• History of NAFTA & CAFTA & the lessons it has to offer. • Fast Track – what does it mean and why does it matter. • Briefing on agreements in the works: Columbia, Korea & Peru • Another path to Fair Trade Agreements - voices from the South • Sustainable localism – an alternative to Globalism
And we’ll talk about what we would like to see coming out of Washington: No to Fast Track. No to the Columbia, Korea & Peru Free Trade Agreements.
The Neoliberal agenda has produced the greatest disparity of incomes since the Great Depression; American wages have stagnated and poverty is rife throughout the hemisphere. U.S. “free” trade agreements – anything but free – seek to lock up economies for the benefit of Transnational Corporations, mostly owned by interests of the global north, and leave the rest of the world in peonage. We are now at a junction point. The overwhelming incompetence of the Bush administration as evidenced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and domestically by its failures in dealing with the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans, brought about major changes in the 2006 elections results. People felt the effects of the Corporate agenda and their votes refl ected this. We are presented with an opportunity and a challenge, as the mixed record of the Democratic Party shows. (They did bring us NAFTA & CAFTA, after all.) But popular outrage, both in this country and in the Global South, is sending a message to our representatives in Washington, that enough is enough, no more of these Corporate-flavored agreements, it’s time to roll them back in favor of the rights of workers and the rights of the environment. , call 718-505-9762, or visit
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