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With the cost of food going up, one group of Seattleites has figured out how to eat every meal for free. They call themselves “freegans,” more commonly known to outsiders as “dumpster divers.” As one freegan says, “People think that food that goes in the garbage is bad.” They disagree. But it’s not just about sifting through garbage, they also forage for food in urban areas.

Students from the UW Entrepreneurial Journalism class, taught by our partners at the Common Language Project, talk with these freegans who say they “eat like kings” on a daily basis.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Related dumpster divers episode excerpt from “Portlandia” www. youtube. com/ watch?v=QCfJ2NbPATo

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Related dumpster divers episode excerpt from “Portlandia” www. youtube. com/ watch?v=QCfJ2NbPATo

Anon
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Anon

Haha!  I was going to post the same thing. 

Nobody
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Nobody

 Yeah… no.

John
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John

Give me a break.

John
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John

George was way ahead of these progressive-types.

www. youtube .com/watch?v=vGHTcF4thLw

Tim
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Tim

Most Freegans are losers…  BUT… there is something to be said about stuff big grocers toss. 

When in HS I worked for Balduccis (fancy whole foodsesque shop back in NY) in their bakery. Come 8 pm, every single item that was baked that day was chucked. Every. Single. Thing. Crossaints, bagels, fresh sourdough loaves and other treats that were 4 hours old were tossed in a bag and dumped in the trash.

That’s insane when you think about how many people struggle for food.

kim
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kim

why not the food bank?  expiration dates hindering that?

poopypants
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poopypants

These guys are about one or two steps above renting a goat to mow your grass and chomp your weeds.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

 I have to grudgingly admit that at least these guys are expending a bit of energy in their scrounging.  Since our population’s “food” problem has now become too much food and too little exercise, maybe they’re not quite so whacked out as it seems at first glance.

Tim
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Tim

 You really think a group of guys is gonna help solve a food “crisis”? Or that this “movement” is going to catch on?

homeless dude
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homeless dude

I bet the only smell worse than the rotting food in the dumpsters is the smell of smug and BO from your average freegan.

And, oh:
Why wasn’t the salad in that photo wasn’t put into the yard waste? Why weren’t the plastic containers recycled? That would save the environment AND prevent hippie freegans from spreading!

Geoduck Vc
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Geoduck Vc

I worry about diseases/illnesses via rodents. Once I watched a local bakery discard a large box of bread into the dumpster. Temptation spoke, after the bakery employee left I opened the dumpster and took out a loaf. As I was walking away, I noticed a rat run out of a hole in the back of the dumpster. Needless to say, I immediately returned the loaf.

Rut
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Rut

 More commonly known to outsiders as “hipsters”

great idea
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great idea

sounds like typical New Yorker wasting lots of food.

when I went there, they gave me 20 napkins for my hotdog. 

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Great story.  Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

…and the definition of hipster takes on yet another new meaning.  Please, start using some new words.

Gurple
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I’m legitimately curious, Buddy — why do you object so strongly and so often to the use of the word “hipster”?

I’m with you, in this case, that it’s nondescriptive and irrelevant, not to mention dismissive and tired.  But every time I see the word “hipster” on MyBallard, I know it’s just a matter of minutes before you chime in.  Why do you care so much?

Anonymous
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I’m an avenger for articulate thought, a defender of definitions, a slayer of sloppy slang…

…and I’m a troll.  What can I say, other than “I like to argue?”

Gurple
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 Fair enough.  For a while, I pounced on anybody around here who said “bum”. It didn’t take me long to realize I wasn’t going to be able to keep that up.

Tim
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Tim

Must be a hipster.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s safe to say I am and everyone is, since the term is so broadly applied.

Tim
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Tim

Thtat’s a Tim imposter.

Tim
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Tim

 You the Tim imposter, hipster.

ScatCat
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ScatCat

My issue with this behavior is that it takes away food/items from people
who REALLY do need it (homeless). There are real survivors on the
street who need the scraps and now they’ve got competition from folks
who are better off just trying to live on the cheap.