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How much of our lives do we use up so that we can pay bills and buy more things we don't need? For most of us, work means giving up our freedom to take orders from another person, stress, dullness, monotony, and in several cases dangers to our physical and emotional welfare.
Once we discover that it’s not a few didgy products or a few bad companies who bring about the social and ecological abuses on the earth but rather the whole system we are working in, we start to realize that, as employees, we are cogs in a system of violence, death, greed, exploitation, and destruction. Is the clerk who deals with a cut of veal less answerable for the cruelty of factory farming than the worker on the farm? What about the advertiser who finds means to make the product palatable? How about the accountant who works on the grocery books and enables it to stay in business? Or the person in the factory that makes refrigerator cases? And, of course, the CEOs of the corporations hold the greatest responsibility of all because they make the choices which cause destruction and waste. You don’t have to own shares in a corporation or a factory or industrial plant to be held accountable.
Holding big companies to account
By accounting for the elementary necessities of food, clothes, property, furniture, and transport without spending a penny, freegans are able to greatly cut down on or altogether remove the requirement to always be employed. We can devote our efforts to caring for our friends and families, volunteering in our communities, and taking part in activist groups to combat the practices of the companies who would otherwise be telling us what to do at work. For many, total unemployment isn’t a posisbility as it’s far harder to get free dental surgery than a free bookcase on the pavement but by limiting our economic needs, even those members of society who must work can put conscious limits on how much we do work, take power over our own lives, and flee from the constant impetus to make ends meet.
Freegans believe in eating food that has been discarded because they consider this wasteful. With the current threats of overpopulation and global warming, they believe that it is important to not waste finite resources by simply throwing them away.
Freeganism is founded on the concept of anti-consumerism and that there is little necessity to purchase brand new goods because of the waste that people produce and because they want to help the global environment. Marcel Mauss, the sociologist and anthropolgist, inspired many values of freeganism. Mauss examined the connection between forms of trade and social culture. Not only do freegans use their finds for their own use, they also share their belonging and use them for free distribution. They think that the general public hugely misuses resources because of the ideology and behaviour of mass consumerism and do not wish to contribute to the consumerist society.
Freegans get free food by taking it out of the rubbish in a practice often referred to as "dumpster diving" in America, "bin diving" or "skipping" in Britain, as well as "bin raiding" or "skipitarianism" (known as such because the diet is mostly from skips). Retail suppliers of food such as grocery shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants often throw away food in good condition, often because it is approaching its use-by date (without eventually becoming problematic), or has damaged packaging. Freegans search for food in the rubbish of such places, which allows them to avoid spending money on items that exploit the world's resources, contribute to the spread of conurbations, bad treatment of workers or indiffernece to animal rights. By foraging, they prevent edible food from being chucked onto a landfill. This can feed people and animals who might otherwise go hungry.