Thursday, January 11, 2018

Freeganism and survivalism

I have to one degree or another been a Freegan and a survivalist my entire life Following is a Breakdown on Freeganism get some ideas!

First published 5 years ago: Times are getting tougher and I want you to learn how to be frugal and survive when most will not just in case.Following is a Breakdown on Freeganism get some ideas!

Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle whereby people employ alternative living strategies based on "limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. The website states that freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed." The lifestyle involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters that have passed their display date but haven't passed their edible date. They salvage the food not because they are poor or homeless, but as a political statement.It isn't just food it is everything. Watch for discards do not be proud be safe!

The word "freegan" is a portmanteau "free" and "vegan" Freeganism started in the mid 1990s, out of the antiglobalization and environmentalist movements. Groups such as Food Not Bombs served free vegetarian and vegan food that was salvaged from food market trash by dumpster diving. The movement also has elements of Diggers, an anarchist street theater group based in Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco in the 1960s, that gave away rescued food.

Many freegans get free food by pulling it out of the trash, a practice commonly nicknamed dumpster diving in North America and skipping or bin diving in the UK, as well as bin raiding. Freegans find food in the garbage of restaurants, grocery stores, and other food related industries, which they claim allows them to avoid spending money on products that exploit the world's resources, contribute to urban sprawl, treat workers unfairly, or disregard animal rights. By foraging, they believe they are keeping perfectly edible food from adding to landfill clutter and that can feed people and animals who might otherwise go hungry.

Wild foraging and urban gardens: Instead of buying industrially grown foods, wild foragers find and harvest food and medicinal plants growing in their own communities. Some freegans participate in "Guerrilla" or "Community" Gardens, with the stated aim of rebuilding community and reclaiming the capacity to grow one's own food. In order to fertilize those guerrilla gardens, food obtained from dumpster diving is sometimes also reused. In many urban guerrilla gardens, vermiculture is used instead of ordinary composting techniques in order to keep the required infrastructure/room small. Guerrilla gardeners claim to seek an alternative to dependence and participation in what they perceive as an exploitative and ecologically destructive system of global, industrialized corporate food production. It isn't just food it is everything Learn how to make do, adapt, overcome!


Sharing is also a common freegan practice. Food Not Bombs recovers food that would otherwise go to waste to serve warm meals on the street to anyone who wants them. The group promotes an ethic of sharing and community, while working to show what they consider to be the injustice of a society in which they claim fighting wars is considered a higher priority than feeding the hungry. Really, Really Free Markets are free social events in which freegans can share goods instead of discarding them, share skills, give presents and eat food. A free store is a temporary market where people exchange goods and services outside of a money-based economy.

Freegans also advocate sharing travel resources. Internet-based ride sharing reduces but does not eliminate use of cars and all the related resources needed to maintain and operate them. Community Bike Programs and Bike Collectives facilitate community sharing of bicycles, restore found and broken bikes, and teach people how to do their own bike repairs. In the process they build a culture of skill and resource sharing, reuse wasted bikes and bike parts, and create greater access to environmentally friendly transportation.

I must admit I have been receiving some very surprising info from a 65 year old friend who is a millionaire and was one of those who moved to California in the 60s. Anyway he sent me the article on Freegans meaning?

I have to one degree or another been a Freegan and a survivalist my entire life, not dumpster picking but anything else is fair game and I will do whatever I have to in order to come out on top and my friends you better be prepared too. I originally lived at an Aggie and was the student Farm manager. I butchered animals on Holidays for extra money. I traveled around the county teaching citizens various aspects of taking care of their livestock etc.

I lived at, worked or managed every kind of farm you can imagine. I always raised my own veggies and fruit. I can do everything! Survival and living off the land are lifelong lessons of mine. When I got out of the service some friends from California wanted me to go to California and start a commune but I didn't. 

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma.

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