What's the 'Freegan' Deal?
Out: the media showing homeless people scrounging for food in dumpster as an indictment of the economy under conservative presidents.
In: the media showing middle class young people scrounging for food in dumpsters as an indictment of capitalismâs success.
Prince Frederick, Md teen Bryan Meadows âconsiders himself a âfreegan,ââ Greenwell wrote, describing the term as âa melding of the words âfreeâ and âveganââ because Meadows âtries not to contribute to what he sees as the exploitation of land, resources and animals wrought by commercial production.â
âThe number of freegans in the D.C. region is anybodyâs guess, but the ranks appear to be growing,â Greenwell insisted, citing anecdotal evidence. The Post writer also blamed âdisillusionment with the Bush administrationâs environmental policiesâ that have âpushed some young people to everyday forms of protest.â
But Greenwell didnât just cite everyday bored left-leaning suburban teens. She also turned to an editor from a liberal Christian magazine, Ryan Beiler of
âDumpster diving works best in pairs,â Beiler advised readers of his May 2006 article. âOne person climbs into the dumpster or stands on the side, tossing aside bags of regular trash while searching for the mother lode â bags full of overstocks discarded en masse.â
While Greenwell briefly alluded to âtrespassing lawsâ and mentioned that a risk of dumpster diving includes âconfrontation to police,â she didnât include any law enforcement officials or inform her readers of any criminal penalties a so-called âfreeganâ can rack up when foraging for expired foodstuffs.