Welcome to the 4th edition of Wild Food News And Links! It’s my intention to share recent, relevant, and riveting news from around the web pertaining to the wild food lifestyle. If you discover news that may benefit the readers of Wild Foodism, please let me know so that it can be considered for a future edition.
Do you live in Western Pennsylvania? Do you have a Facebook account? If so, I’d love to invite you to join a new group I created, cleverly titled Western PA Foragers. And if you know some friends who would be interested in joining, feel free to invite them! Click to join.
This seems to be the consensus across the Northeastern United States: maple sugaring season is delayed due to cold temperatures.
Life was certainly different for our hominid ancestors, though there is very little we know for sure. One researcher from Georgia State University is providing insight into the foraging patterns that were utilized from 6 to 1.6 million years ago. Now that’s a start!
Speaking of wild humans, here’s an interesting finding: Energy expenditure is nearly indistinguishable between Hadza hunter-gatherers in East Africa and modernized Westerners of Europe and the United States. Simply put, the amount of energy a person uses in the form of calories is approximately the same between highly active hunter-gatherers and sedentary domesticated humans. How could that be?
It’s ubiquitous, it’s easy to gather, and it’s free. Yes, we’re talking about snow. While some people may despise it, others are eating it. But could we also be eating trace amounts of sand, soot, formaldehyde, and mercury with every bite? Check out this article to learn the best times and places to harvest quality snow. (Sounds like a joke, but I assure you it’s not.)
Numerous organisms exhibit a trait known as bioluminescence. In other words, they glow in the dark. Researchers in Brazil are using LED-lit mushrooms to mimic this natural process, seeking to discover the true reasons behind this showy phenomenon. Check out this short and beautiful video to see it in action.
A notable mycologist developed and patented a pesticide, derived from fungi, that offers a safe and effective solution for deterring over 200,000 species of insects. And that notable mycologist just so happens to be Paul Stamets. Check out Exopermaculture to learn more.
Arthur Haines, a distinguished botanist who runs the Delta Institute of Natural History in Maine, offers his perspective on what he calls the “core issue” – the problematic idea that humans view themselves as separate from all other life forms. The solution? You guessed it… foraging (among others). Check out his blog to learn more.
Trichinosis from eating wild game… should we be worried? Well, it depends. Leave it to Hank Shaw to explain (and alleviate somewhat) the concerns regarding the Trichinella parasite in our wild meats, over at his blog – Hunter Angler Gardener Cook.
Winter foraging need not be all about the food. Ted Manzer, a nature writer and teacher of agriculture in North Carolina, explains how he and his daughter experimented with making dyes using numerous winter plant species. Very interesting read!
That’s it for this edition! Thanks for reading!
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