Friday, June 12, 2009

Freegans


Have you heard of the supposedly latest and greatest trend? It's all about being a Freegan. Actually, this movement started in the mid 1990s and is coming to light due to the media's attention because of the current state of our economy. Freegans are mostly known for dumpster diving for presumably good, packaged food thrown out by food establishments.

I find it fascinating that the word Freegan is a combination of free and vegan. My daughter and son-in-law are vegans and have some of the same values of Freegans such as not buying (no pun intended) into consumerism. But the word, free, does not fully embrace the spirit of the whole movement. This brings misunderstanding and confusion to their true commitment. Outsiders are now focused on the diving for free food, not the waste that our culture has created and seems to accept. What's with that?

I feel the Freegans' commitment is the same that many of us have by being frugal, living simply, being thrifty, and going green. We just do it the best way we can. We all don't dumpster dive for food, but we may plant a garden instead.

According to the their website, Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

Now that is something to embrace and look up to. May we all see the light!

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