Gleaning. The word may not be immediately recognizable to many, and that’s probably because it hasn’t been a practice of most Americans for a long, long time—maybe ever. Gleaning, in the world of agriculture and food, refers to the practice of collecting leftover or excess food—from fields, but also from farmers markets, supermarkets, and community gardens. The term also encompasses “freeganism” or supermarket “dumpster diving.”
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