Garbage Chicken

Dumpster diving, or "urban foraging" for you hipsters, has taken somewhat of an aura of eco-activism and frugality here in the United States, but it's often a matter of life and death in other countries.

Take, for instance, what the poor in the slums of the Philippines have to do to eat:

Felipa Fabon waits outside a local fried chicken restaurant in Manila. Crouching near to feral cats and rubbish bins, she isn't there to meet friends for dinner but to search through the diner's trash bags.

"I'm sorting the garbage, looking for 'pagpag'," she says. In Tagalog "pagpag" means the dust you shake off your clothing or carpet, but in Fabon's poverty- stricken world, it means chicken pulled from the trash. Pagpag is the product of a hidden food system for the urban poor that exists on the leftovers of the city's middle class.

Fabon is the merchant and pays the trash dealer just over a dollar for tonight's supply of garbage and scraps. In the dim haze of the street lights, she holds up a half-eaten chicken breast.

"This one, this is meat," she says. "Now what we do at home is clean it, put it in plastic, and then I sell it in the morning. It's very easy to sell because it's very cheap. People in my neighborhood want very cheap food."

"If it's mostly bones, it's 20 pesos ($0.05) per bag," she says.

Kyung Lah of CNN's Eye On has the report: Link


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its all perspective.

here in america the children of the rich do the same thing and call themselves freegans so they can feel morally superior to we who pay for food and we feel morally superior to bums who must dupmpster dive...
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I have lived all over the US including very poor areas in the south and thought I understood what poverty was.... that was until I visited the Philippines with my wife (she is pinay).

My wife's childhood home did not have A/C and had plastic sheeting for windows.... no TV.... no electricity and no running water... and she is considered middle class in the Philippines because her family own their own land and had a small business.

These people have nothing. You go into a supermarket and they have a shelf where they sell cooking oil and salt in little plastic baggies because people can't afford to buy a whole bottle of oil or a bag of salt.

Poor people in the US don't know what poor is.
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That was depressing reading the comments. Basically just too many people going "Close your legs, whores." And our access to birth control ideas aren't much better. The various methods available may mitigate some misery, but the end result is still the same - eventual extermination.
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