What the ism? Freeganism
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We live in a culture where every food product we buy is stamped with a best-before date. The majority of us are sensitive to food going bad and we don’t eat anything that is ‘off’. We are a wasteful society and according to DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) we throw away an estimated 8.5 million tonnes of food and drink waste every year. Even more shocking is DEFRA’s estimation that 65% of this food and drink waste is avoidable. Freegans take advantage of these statistics by eating for free from the food that is thrown away. The name freeganism is a joining of the words ‘free’ and ‘vegan’. Not all freegans are vegans, but veganism and freeganism share many ideals. Freeganism is a young movement that started in the 1990s in response to globalization and environmental concerns.
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