Freegan living

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freegans.jpgThe LA Times has a story today about Freegans – “a growing subculture of people who have reduced their spending habits and live off consumer waste”.

I’m probably not quite ready to forage for my food just yet, but the article’s a good read. The picture is from the LA Times (photographer: Carolyn Cole) – and shows a New York City trash tour for people interested in becoming freegans.

For lunch in her modest apartment, Madeline Nelson tossed a salad made with shaved carrots and lettuce she dug out of a Whole Foods dumpster. She flavored the dressing with miso powder she found in a trash bag on a curb in Chinatown. She baked bread made with yeast plucked from the garbage of a Middle Eastern grocery store.

Nelson is a former corporate executive who can afford to dine at four-star restaurants. But she prefers turning garbage into gourmet meals without spending a cent.

On this afternoon, she thawed a slab of pate that she found three days before its expiration date in a dumpster outside a health food store. She made buttery chicken soup from another health food store’s hot buffet leftovers, which she salvaged before they were tossed into the garbage.

Here’s the full story (registration required, but I suppose you might try bugmenot)

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