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Main Title Freegans : diving into the wealth of food waste in America /
Author Barnard, Alex V.,
Publisher University of Minnesota Press,
Year Published 2016
OCLC Number 928613370
ISBN 9780816698110; 0816698112; 9780816698134; 0816698139
Subjects Dumpster diving--United States ; Food waste--United States ; Salvage (Waste, etc)--United States ; SOCIAL SCIENCE--Anthropology--Cultural ; POLITICAL SCIENCE--Political Ideologies--General ; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS--General
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  HD9975.U52 2016 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 10/31/2016
Collation xiv, 294 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-264) and index.
Contents Notes
"If capitalism is such an efficient system, why does 40 percent of all U.S. food production go to waste--while one in six people in the nation face hunger? This startling truth has stirred increasing interest and action of late, but none so radical as that of the freegans, who live on what capitalism throws away--including food culled from supermarket dumpsters. Freegans is a close look at the people in this movement, offering a broader perspective on ethical consumption and the changing nature of capitalism. Freegans object to the overconsumption and environmental degradation on which they claim our economic order depends, and they register that dissent by opting out of it, recovering, redistributing, and consuming wasted goods, from dumpster-dived food to cast-off clothes and furniture. Through several years of fieldwork and in-depth interviews with freegans in New York City, Alex Barnard has created a portrait of freegans that leads to questions about ethical consumption--like buying organic, fair trade, or vegan--and the search for effective forms of action in an era of political disillusionment. Barnard's analysis of this pressing concern reveals how waste is integrally bound up with our food system. At the same time, by showing that markets do not seamlessly translate preferences expressed at the cash register into changes in production, Freegans exposes the limits of consumer activism."-- Introduction : a brief history of a tomato -- Capitalism's cast-offs -- Diving in, opting out -- Waving the banana in the Big Apple -- A new world out of waste -- The ultimate boycott? -- Backlash, conflict, and decline -- Conclusion : salvaging sustainability.