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Wild Foods Presentation for NRI Food Security Class

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    • Wild foods and food security
      Presentation by: Melanie Zurba
      For the class: Sustainable Livelihoods, Food Resources
      and Community Food Security
    • Focus of this presentation
      1) The Reading
      2) Local example:
      Wild Rice
      3) Questions for
      discussion
      4) Resources
    • The Reading
      The Roles and values of wild foods in agricultural systems
      by: ZareenBhavdha and Jules Pretty
      Debunks the myths surrounding wild foods:
      • Eating wild food is not an early evolutionary stage in human history.
      • Relationships that can exist between wild food and agriculturalism
      The importance of wild foods:
      • Nutritional importance: quantity (world food stocks) & quality (micro-nutrients)
      • Cultural importance & maintenance of a connection to and knowledge of the environment
    • The Reading
      The drivers of change:
      climate change
      land use change & degradation
      unsustainable harvesting
      deepening poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict
      loss of local ecological knowledge
      socio-economic change and the expansion of markets
      Provides a good overview of the main issues
      Main critique: Not much discussion of what role wild food plays in ‘Western society’
    • Local example – Wild Rice
      Wild Rice Act - C.C.S.M. c. W140
      • Only treaty First Nations are permitted to harvest wild rice for domestic purposes
      • No one is permitted to seed wild rice on crown land
      • Cannot buy wild rice for resale without permit and conditions from the vendor
      • Further restrictions apply
      auri.org
      Reference:
      Government of Manitoba. 2010. Wild Rice Act C.C.S.W. c. W140. http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/w140e.php
      101cookbooks.com
    • Questions for consideration
      1) When making policy for wild foods how should we weight the considerations for:
      a) food scarcity and access
      i.e quantitative: availability, population to sustain
      b) human rights and access?
      i.e. quantitative and qualitative: including cultural
      and connection to place considerations
    • Questions for consideration
      2) What do we think about the seeming socio-economic disparity in the use of wild foods?
      Place-based/economy dependent
      Poor
      Rich
      Need to use
      or
      Can’t afford to use
      Novel
      to use
      What exists here?
    • Initiatives Handout & Red Gold Trailer
      1) Handout: wild food initiates
      2) Documentary trailer: Red Gold
      Film provides good examples of themes raised in the reading
      • Sustainable livelihoods and wild foods
      • Cultural significance and
      connection to place
      • Social equality
      • Ecological Knowledge
      • Resilience and vulnerability