Monday, April 14, 2014

feed the man meat!

Here is the meat haul mentioned in the Sunday Star Times article (below) the other week - this is my pile, I gave as much again away!

stacked in the freezer

Thursday, April 10, 2014

freeganing in the media

On Sunday 31 March the Sunday Star Times here in Auckland published an article on the tremendous waste of perfectly good food worldwide - and included an interview with myself:

photo by Lawrence Smith/FairfaxNZ
Diary of a Well-fed Freegan
0ne man's Waste is another’s dinner, and it’s not just about dumpster diving, writes Shabnam Dastgheib.

AFTER SEVEN years of not paying for food, tools or art supplies, 63-year-old Martin Adlington has freeganism down to a fine art.
He finds wine, biscuits, eggs, cheese, and bread and dips in a typical haul from a typical dive in a typical supermarket dumpster. He goes only when he feels like it and often finds enough to donate to large, hungry families in Auckland.
This month, World Bank senior economist Jose Cuesta targeted retailers and consumers to find a
solution to the world’s staggering food waste. A United Nations- backed campaign Think Eat Save
estimates that in industrialized nations 300 million tonnes of food fit for consumption is wasted by retailers and consumers each year.
Wellington volunteer organisation Kaibosh “rescues” food and redistributes it to charity organisations. General manager Matt Dagger said the organisation took the food only with permission from the retailers and there were strict health procedures in place.In the past 12 months they had rescued 120 tonnes (equal to 342,000 meals) of food. “There's a lot of food that is being wasted while there’s a lot of people who are hungry,” Dagger said.
This is where freegans come in: they use up some of the food which would otherwise be wasted
and they shun the consumerism which they believe has led to poverty and inequality.
There is a lot more to the movement than just dumpster- diving - though it is most commonly associated with digging around in the trash - because most don't do it out of financial necessity.

Martin has spent virtually no money on food, tools or ar supplies for the last seven years. His biggest expenses are insurance, rates and healthcare which come out of his savings from years of self-employment but everything else is almost free.
Breakfast: I make a coffee out of coffee I have found in the trash. Sometimes I find a sealed kilo bag. For breakfast I often eat bacon that I have found and eggs from the skips. They shrink-wrap the eggs in trays of 30 so if one breaks, they throw the rest away and I find those. I eat that with lebanese flatbreads I often find in the skips.
Morning tea: Might be some biscuits if I've been lucky enough to find them.
Lunch: I often find a lot of dips in the skip, pesto and pate. I find cheeses like feta and ricotta. When you see the expiry date, it’s often still in a week's time. It's insanity on an industrial scale. I eat the dips and cheeses with vegetables and bread I have found, or the trimmings of vegetables from grocery stores.
Pre-dinner: I have a beer which I make myself or wine if I find some. Other freegans find juices which are fermentable and make wine from these.
Dinner: tonight snapper and gurnard are on the menu. Last night it was flounder with vegetables. There isn't often fish, but there has been a run of it lately.
The other week I filled my entire freezer with meat - some of it yet to expire in a few day's time.
Sometimes I find and eat roadkill. Pretty much every road trip I find something - turkey or pheasant -it might have only broken its neck: and be very recently dead.
After dinner: I'll go out in the van and go out in the skips. I don't go out every night but  feel like it or l’m low on things I will. Sometimes if l find quite a lot of food, I will donate things to big families I know in Auckland. There are kids going hungry so they are happy to get the stuff.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

freeganing again

Looks like bacon'n'eggs for me for the next week or so - I found six packets of bacon & a tray of 24 eggs in the skip last night (gave half to my neighbour).
Check out the "best before" date on the middle bacon = 1 May 2014!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

pacific aid project

As an environmental artist I see a lot of perfectly good materials being disposed of in landfill. Having lived in Fiji and visited several Pacific islands I am aware that much of our waste would be very welcome to our neighbours - particularly after disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes. The remoteness and often poverty of these islands makes recovery from disaster extremely difficult and very expensive.
I have previously organised assistance to Bali after the bombing ("Byron Loves Bali" in 2003), and to Niuatoputapu in Tonga after the tsunami (2010). Currently I am continuing to collect tools, knives, nails, and pots and pans for Niua as many of the people have by no means recovered from the damage of the tsunami.

See details on my blog

tsunami damage

someone's roof in the lagoon
john with donations 2014
distribution of goods from yacht Atutaki in 2010
hammers for niua 2014