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A person who regularly gathers and eats food that businesses have thrown out.

[Blend of free and vegan.]

free′gan·ism n.


a person who, through opposition to capitalism and consumerism, attempts to live without buying consumer goods, recycling discarded goods instead
[C20: from free + (ve)gan]
ˈfreeganism n
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He also reluctantly re-enters the teaching profession, while Jo embraces freeganism.
In episode two, Dan Greg reluctantly re-enters the teaching profession, while Jo embraces freeganism.
Similarly, Freeganism, a consumer resistance movement embracing anticonsumption activities such as dumpster diving and the consumption of disposed goods as ethical acts of consumer agency, fits within the Agency and Empowerment discourse (Nguyen, Chen, and Mukherjee 2013; Papaoikonomou, Cascon-Pereira, and Ryan 2014; Pentina and Amos 2011).
The topics covered in these texts include: "the drift" in walking--an art historical technique used to resist consumerist tendencies to move productively and efficiently through space; smartphone apps that generate inefficient paths and serendipitous moments in navigating from one place to another; and freeganism, or consuming without spending money.
For example, a number of scholars have underscored the significance of reinvigorated provisioning practices outside mainstream market channels for furthering more sustainable forms of consumption, interpreting activities such as freecycling, repair and reuse networks, freeganism, and other do-it-yourself (DI Y) endeavors as expressions of political participation, ecological citizenship, and ethics (DeLind, 2002; Seyfang, 2006).
It covers topics such as freeganism, food additives, fair trades and air miles.
The idea of foraging for food in a city conjures up images of sifting through large bins to find the discards of supermarkets - a pastime known as freeganism.
Single-issue, counterculture DIY protest actions such as dumpster-diving / gleaning, rave parties, Freeganism, Temporary Autonomous Zones, the Reclaim the Streets movements, and the Social Sculpture network (see this issue) try, as George McKay has pointed out, to overcome the schism between art and life, art and political activism.
Freeganism grew out of the environmental movements of the mid-1960s.
Indeed, this assumption helps solidify the status of freeganism as a countercultural movement.
Freeganism, which dates to the mid-1990s, grew out of the environmental and anti-globalization movements.
These groups differ from mainstream charities since they couch their gleaning activities in the philosophy of freeganism, which embraces the ethics of what people eat and where they get it from.