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Taboo: No such thing as a free lunch? Dumpster divers serve up a different truth

With Australians throwing out $8 billion of food every year, increasing numbers of people – including retirees and professionals – believe harvesting garbage dumpsters is both economical and ethical.  In the latest on our Taboo series, Mengfan Lu talks to one retired teacher who calls himself a ‘freegan’.

Video by Mengfan Lu


About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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  • Reporter: Qiyun (Gwen) Liu
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