Documentary about urban foragers in Chicago
The freegans' creed: waste not, want not
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Wandering around sidewalks and alleys looking for edible plants like dandelions or goosefoot might not be appealing to everyone, but to urban foragers, it's just part of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of life. The urban foraging movement has been growing as of late, and there are numerous weblogs and websites dedicated to those who wish to learn more about the subject. Many urban foragers will often share information with others in order to share the wealth of an apple tree or a collection of edible plants. Urban foragers abide by a code of ethics that includes respect for private property (no trespassing, obviously), and they aim to treat people with respect and to also clean up after themselves. The practice is not without its perils, as many plants in and around cities can be sprayed with chemicals or grown in soil that is laden with heavy chemicals. Chicago-based urban forager Nancy Klehm recently noted that she does this in order "to slow down, to not follow the grid, to skip out of technoconsumerism. I do this to realize that the health of my body is connected to the health of the land."
The first link will take visitors to a nice piece from the Reuters News Service on the practice of urban foraging. The second link leads to a delightful 17-minute documentary on urban foragers in Chicago titled "Sky Full of Bacon 07: Eat This City". Moving on, the third link will whisk users away to a great piece by William Skidelsky writing for The Observer. In the piece, Skidelsky investigates the world of "freegans" by spending some time with one of their kind, Tristram Stuart. The fourth link leads to the Forage Oakland weblog which contains "edible maps" of Oakland. The fifth link will take visitors to the Urban Edibles site, which is a "community database of wild food sources in Portland, OR". The last link leads to the homepage of "Wildman" Steve Brill, who is "America's best known forager."