The underlying attitude of the “freegan” culture — that participants are somehow morally superior because they refuse to be a part of the food chain — is delusional [“Diving for Dinner,” Metro, Aug. 16]. Nourishing the human body involves affecting our environment. Pretending to find a loophole in the natural order of things may just indicate that you’ve been smoking something you found in a dumpster.

The real danger, though, is that more young people will adopt the habit of eating food out of trash bins. Our government spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year trying to prevent food-borne illnesses. That’s why meat, cheese and produce have expiration dates.