Capitalism and Its Discontents: Back-to-the-Lander and Freegan Foodways in Rural Oregon

  title={Capitalism and Its Discontents: Back-to-the-Lander and Freegan Foodways in Rural Oregon},
  author={Joan Gross},
  journal={Food and Foodways},
  pages={57 - 79}
  • Joan Gross
  • Published 21 May 2009
  • Economics
  • Food and Foodways
During an assessment of food needs and habits in rural Western Oregon, back-to-the-landers and freegans emerged as two groups that resist the global industrial food system by tapping into pre-capitalist subsistence patterns. Subsistence agriculture provides the inspiration for back-to-the-landers while freegans are akin to modern day foragers, living off the waste of others and on what they can gather in the wild. In this article, I describe the foodways of these two groups and suggest ways in… 
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