laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 22 00:12:22 UTC 2010
At 6:36 PM -0500 11/21/10, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>Not quite as imaginative as "locavore", but here's "freegan".
>>The word freegan is compounded from "free" and "vegan". Vegans are
>>people who avoid products from animal sources or products tested on
>>animals in an effort to avoid harming animals. Freegans take this a
>>step further by recognizing that in a complex, industrial,
>>mass-production economy driven by profit, abuses of humans, animals,
>>and the earth abound at all levels of production (from acquisition to
>>raw materials to production to transportation) and in just about every
>>product we buy. Sweatshop labor, rainforest destruction, global
>>warming, displacement of indigenous communities, air and water
>>pollution, eradication of wildlife on farmland as "pests", the violent
>>overthrow of popularly elected governments to maintain puppet
>>dictators compliant to big business interests, open-pit strip mining,
>>oil drilling in environmentally sensitive areas, union busting, child
>>slavery, and payoffs to repressive regimes are just some of the many
>>impacts of the seemingly innocuous consumer products we consume every day.
>Not sure if it's going to stick around and it's certainly not WOTY
>material yet. The site has been around since 2008.
Maybe it's not ready for prime time yet, or maybe it already jumped
the shark (or the tofark), but it was definitely a contender on our
list at a meeting several years ago. I can't remember if it actually
won best in category. (It certainly didn't win best in show.) Ben
or someone else will have the details. I always liked it because it
looks like a typo for "Fregean".
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