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Benjamin, a French expat in Sao Paolo: "I reject wastefulness and over-consumption"

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'Even in the third largest city in the world, it is possible to avoid supermarkets' In Sao Paolo, people work a lot. It's all buildings, suits and the subway rather than the beach, bikinis and samba most people think of when they imagine Brazil. In this frantic atmosphere, people seem to feel obliged to spend more than they earn; it's a sort of ostentatious consumerism. I decided to live differently. I may well live in the third largest city in the world, but I never go to supermarkets for economic and political reasons. Therefore, I go to the street market every Sunday morning and to a farm every month to buy produce directly from the farmer. In all, I spend around R$15 (6 euros) a week on fresh fruits and vegetables; the same amount on meat and fish...

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