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Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America

Alex V. Barnard


This book explores how 40% of America’s food supply is thrown out—uneaten—through the lens of one group of activists, “freegans,” in New York City dedicated to recovering, redistributing, and reusing this wasted wealth. Through the eyes of freegans, we see the hidden underbelly of our food system, the limits of “ethical consumption,” and the disturbingly central place of waste in contemporary capitalism. This book is the only full-length treatment of freeganism, a movement that has inspired hundreds of reports in dozens of countries in the last decade. Although other scholars have analyzed foo ... More

Keywords: freeganism, dumpster-diving, waste, capitalism, anarchism, social movements, ethical consumption, food, prefiguration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816698110
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816698110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex V. Barnard, author