Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.
Okay so I have been thinking about this a lot, I couldn't sleep, was up until 2am. Thinking how how how can I get myself out of my current environment and able to travel, invest in some training and kit up a proper chefs kitchen.
I figured I could save a lot of money by cutting food and travel costs to a minimal. Then this got me thinking about cutting them to ZERO
Recently there was a show aired here Wife Swap showing a freegan family vs a Wealthy family in suburban UK. The latter lot made a real fuss about this food, throwing up in sinks and having tantrums about eating BOXED in date crackers/breads....or indeed just finishing their left overs!
It certainly was food for thought, coming out of these bins was fruit, vegetables, milk, bread, tonnes of packaged food and fruits on their "use by" dates. But all good, everything looked good and viable-- not at all in the state where it should be chucked in a dumpster, usually things I buy at this point are still in my fruit bowl waiting for me to consider them "ripe" enough to eat/juice!
This also got me thinking about volunteering time for food-- an option for sure. Working some time for the organic market or farmers in return for some fruits.
Also speaking with produce managers, taking "over-ripe" ie perfectly ripe things off their hands.
Wild foraging/growing your own
Other options, get foraging or indeed using someones garden or a plot to grow your own cheaply!
Foods to forage during March
Wild greens, superb!
So it doesn't have to be full on dumpster diving!..It can be other trades/ways to source cheaper or indeed free foods.
Food for thought.......