...throw away your excess turkey and dressing.
What the hell is a "freegan"
? No, it's not a nickname for Morgan Freeman.
...an amalgamation of the words "free" and "vegan". Vegans are people who avoid products from animal sources or products tested on animals in an effort to avoid harming animals. Freegans take this a step further by recognizing that in a complex, industrial mass-production society economy driven by profit, abuses of humans, animals, and the Earth abound at all levels of production from acquisition to raw materials to production to transportation. Sweatshop labor, rainforest destruction, global warming, displacement of indigenous communities, air and water polution, eradication of wildlife on farmland as "pests", the violent overthrow of popular governments to maintain banana republics, open pit strip mining, oil drilling in environmentally sensitive areas, union busting, child slavery, and payoffs to repressive regimes are just some of the many impacts of the seemingly innocuous consumer products we buy every day.
Whew...so how does a freegan eat?
Many freegans sustain themselves by recovering and making practical use of the the massive waste of our materialistic, greed-driven economy.
Perhaps the most notorious freegan strategy is what is commonly called "urban foraging" or "dumpster diving."
So they live off other people's trash.
Nice. Now excuse me while I go gorge my wasteful, capitalistic self.