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Published on March 22nd, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

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Bringing Real Food to the People: The Guerilla Garden Ninjas City Co-Op – EcoLocalizer

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The Guerilla Garden Ninjas City Co-Op is located in Los Angeles. Rivas-Raymer started this food co-op as a way to share and exchange different foods, as well as ideas about how to prepare healthy food, among her local community members. It’s a way to expand the concepts of freeganism directly to the source and freely share with each other.

You can read more about this remarkable co-op over on our sister site, EcoLocalizer.

photo is courtesy of Juanita Rivas-Raymer


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2 Responses to Bringing Real Food to the People: The Guerilla Garden Ninjas City Co-Op – EcoLocalizer

  1. Sorry, but I can’t go with “freeganism”.
    I clicked the link, and read the article – and was really quite disgusted, because having said that Freegans are Vegans only more so and have such lofty ideals – the article then went on to confirm to me that Freeganism is just what I had thought – folk who go through the bins and dumpsters of shops and malls, taking back dumped food. The food that has been dumped is, in the main, still edible. It has been dumped purely because it has reached it’s legal “best before date” and also “sell by date”. So no – Freeganism is nothing whatsoever to do with the ethics of food and where it comes from, how it is provided. Freeganism is nothing more than free-booting.
    And more power to them!
    But there is no way there should be ANY sort of comparison OR association between Vegans and Freegans.

    I am not a vegan, nor am i particularly a vegetarian – but I really do not want to see Vegans being dissed in this way.

    • Hi Christine,
      In writing this piece I wasn’t familiar with the term “freeganism”, so I provided the link for background material. I do see your point, that the “egan” part is presumably supposed to do with the ethical concerns of how something is produced, but freegans raiding the dumpster of a supermarket are not necessarily consistent with this, since it has nothing to do with knowing if a product was produced ethically.

      Wikipedia defines freeganism as “an anti-consumerist lifestyle” and provides information on freegan practices from freegan material, which seem to vary.

      Thanks for your thoughts- BTW, the term was used by the folks in the guerilla garden group themselves.

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