2005-11-24

Vegans? No. Freegans

NEW YORK (AP) - Dinner shared by a group of friends at a well-appointed Greenwich Village apartment featured eggplant Parmesan with a salad of mixed greens and avocado dressing. The guests already had snacked on hors d'oeuvres of smoked mozzarella and crackers. Not bad considering the diners find their food by digging through garbage. They call themselves ``freegans,'' a play on the words ``vegan''- vegetarians who avoid all animal products, including dairy - and ``free.'' In an ideological rejection of consumer waste, they only eat food that's been discarded.

At seemingly every Yale Linguistics dinner there is a discussion of the differing kinds of vegetarians as well as what they call themselves. "Freegan" is a new one to me. More about freeganism can be found here. While it does raise an interesting philosophical question, I will probably not suggest it for any Linguistics dinners in the near future.