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Dumpster diving as an act of faith
« on: February 20, 2014, 02:51:09 PM »
NEW YORK (RNS) As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life.....He says the freeganism movement, or the practice of reclaiming and eating food that has been discarded, is populated mostly by nonreligious people. But for Andollo, Dumpster diving is an act of faith, one that is motivated by a biblical mandate to care for the Earth.
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Dumpster divers are of a particular demographic, said Sharon Cornelissen, a doctoral student at Princeton who researched divers for her master’s in sociology. She said the movement generally attracts educated white people in their 20s and 30s; typically, they are people who do it by choice rather than need.
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Sojourners, a Christian magazine dedicated to social justice, featured Dumpster diving on its cover in 2006, motivating Micah Holden to begin trying it a year later. Now he lives with his wife and daughter in Wheaton, Ill., where they occasionally blog about being a Dumpster diving family in suburbia. Holden, who is a nurse, said his motivations to go once or twice a week are mixed.
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“I have a strong belief in being resourceful and not be wasteful,” he said. “Part of that is being a good steward and being a Christian. But there’s also a selfish motivation. I can get these things for free for myself.”

He and his wife shop at the grocery and online, like any other consumer, but Dumpster diving is an added hobby.

“It’s not the norm for your average evangelical suburbanite,” he said.
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Re: Dumpster diving as an act of faith
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 09:18:09 AM »
Don't knock it, especially if you live in a metropolitan area.  When a restaurant closes, I think it is a perfectly good idea to go to their dumpster and collect the food they have sinfully discarded.  I just recommended this to a friend going through a tough financial time.  You'd be surprised how much food is tossed out that hasn't touched a human mouth.  It is a scandal. 
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Re: Dumpster diving as an act of faith
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 04:04:01 PM »
That's good!!!! :)

Nothing that is mandated, nothing that is required, but somebody acting on their own as an act of faith to be a good steward to God's creations and blessings for us.

I heavily admire the freeganism movement.  It *sort of* is for me, but I really could not do that with children.  I'm more of a "working quasi freegan".   Work the farm, get free veggies, get free milk, get free butter, get free cheese, get free eggs, etc.
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