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 capitalism‚Äôs success.
Prince Frederick, Md teen Bryan Meadows ‚Äúconsiders himself a ‚Äėfreegan,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Greenwell wrote, describing the term as ‚Äúa melding of the words ‚Äėfree‚Äô and ‚Äėvegan‚Äô‚ÄĚ because Meadows ‚Äútries not to contribute to what he sees as the exploitation of land, resources and animals wrought by commercial production.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe number of freegans in the D.C. region is anybody‚Äôs guess, but the ranks appear to be growing,‚ÄĚ Greenwell insisted, citing anecdotal evidence. The Post writer also blamed ‚Äúdisillusionment with the Bush administration‚Äôs environmental policies‚ÄĚ that have ‚Äúpushed some young people to everyday forms of protest.‚ÄĚ
But Greenwell didn‚Äôt just cite everyday bored left-leaning suburban teens. She also turned to an editor from a liberal Christian magazine, Ryan Beiler of
‚ÄúDumpster diving works best in pairs,‚ÄĚ Beiler advised readers of his May 2006 article. ‚ÄúOne person climbs into the dumpster or stands on the side, tossing aside bags of regular trash while searching for the mother lode ‚Äď bags full of overstocks discarded en masse.‚ÄĚ
While Greenwell briefly alluded to ‚Äútrespassing laws‚ÄĚ and mentioned that a risk of dumpster diving includes ‚Äúconfrontation to police,‚ÄĚ she didn‚Äôt include any law enforcement officials or inform her readers of any criminal penalties a so-called ‚Äúfreegan‚ÄĚ can rack up when foraging for expired foodstuffs.