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Freegan: no money in our life

What is freeganism? For some people, it is picking food from the rubbish and do not use money at all. But for frgeegan Grace, it is a set of ideals related to "how our actions impact the earth and its pollution".

Actually, freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

It is really ideal, right? Freegan do not earn money, they share their life with people and they spend most of their time in volunteer.

Actually there are many kinds of freegan, and Grace belongs to dumpster diving category. They find food in the garbage of restaurants, grocery stores, and other food related industries, which they assert allows them to avoid spending money on products that exploit the world's resources, contribute to urban sprawl, treat workers unfairly, or disregard animal rights. By foraging, they believe they are keeping perfectly edible food from adding to landfill clutter and that can feed people and animals who might otherwise go hungry.

It may sounds like scary and sensational, but actually it is not. Once you have seen the pictures of the food that Grace collects, you will change your mind: they are all well packed and clean, just like what you buy in supermarket.

"What are my goals, my hopes and dreams? They are not new, not even particularly radicial (or so I think). Many people before me have touted the same ideologies, shared the same hopes and asked the same questions as I am doing now. But that is part of what encourages me to continue on this path and to know that there is hope for change in this dark world. I don't think that the system of things will change in my lifetime, but I want to live a life that inspires people to change their own lives in little ways that make a difference, no matter how small. Once you've changed yourself, you've changed a tiny part of the world." Grace says.