Tonight I Ate a Salami Sandwich
So I was looking through some trash cans for some plastic-wrap and I found some foil and was like "hey, there's a sandwich in here!" I used the foil. The sandwich was a carefully triple wraped Mustard-Salami-Swiss and seemed fresh enough. It smelled fine and the bread wasn't stale. I offered the trash sandwich to some classmates, but they were full. So today I ate a salami sandwich. It's the first time I've knowingly eaten meat in probably six years, and it followed an extened disertation on the economics of moral freeganism
My teacher said that if you care about where your jewelry comes from you shouldn't wear jewelry. Now I think jewelry is stupid, but if you really need a diamond ring, why not use grandma's, or buy one from an antique store? She said, less crudely, that those 100 year old rings fucked the Congo and if you wear it now, you are wearing something that fucked the Congo. But isn't it better to buy something that fucked the Congo 100 years ago if it replaces a purchase that would fuck someone now
?"Since captalism is fueled by the exchange of capital, using wasted goods creates no further demand for production!"
I exclaimed. (well, not really)
So if the sandwich was going to be thrown out, and no meat-eater would take it as a replacement for a freshly bought animal meal, then why not eat it? There was no additional harm to animals between me eating it and putting it back in the trashcan, and I used to eat Salami and Swiss when I was little. So I ate it. I thought it might be gross, but it was okay and I ate the whole thing. (So far, I haven't even been food poisoned.) I don't think it makes me a bad vegan. Mostly, it makes me feel like an economist.
I was reminded of my friend and fellow econ student Curtis, who became vegan and was into freegansim in college. I guess he went dumpster diving with his housemates from the Cesar Chavez House
and got day-old bread and so forth. I was never really convinced by the idea of eating meat if it was "free," like if someone served it at a potluck... but when push comes to shove, if it does no harm then I say eat it.