The new urban trend “urban foraging” is getting more and more popular. Foraging describes the act of looking or searching for food. Urban foragers are looking for food in urban areas. Critics may say that this orginal way of wandering around and searching for food isn´t necessary in our globalized, western civilized world, because there are supermarkets on every corner where you can get everything you need fast and cheap than instead of walking around in urban areas and looking for food.
But that is exactly what “urban foragers” don´t like about our food system. In our consumption-orientied society a lot of people forgetting about (or event don´t know) where the food we are eating comes from or don´t care about it. But even worse is the lack of understanding for the wastage of food: food gets thrown away although it is still good and edible. According to a study of the UN, more than 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown away every year-which is more than one third of all food. This waste of food doesn´t just mean a wastage of food which could feed a lot of people, it also contributes a hugh waste of water, land use, carbon emsissions, pollution, extermination of fish and our environment.
Urban foraging combines two social movements: freeganism and drifting.
Freeganism is a anti-consumerism practice which comes from the anti-globalization and environmentalist movement. Freegans are againt the throwaway society and try “to boycott products from unethical corporations responsible for human rights violations, environmental destruction and animal abuse”. Freegans want to minimize their ecological footprint.
Drifting describes the wandering and floating around in urban area and getting inspired by the places you see. Drifting leads you to places you have never been to before and exploring cities in a different manner.
In the following InEnArt will present you some urban foraging practices:
Dumbster Diving/ Garbage Picking
- Dumbster-diver in action
- Goods which were found by dumbster diver in garbage container
- A dumbster diver looking for food