Ark Of Taste(11)

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Ark Of Taste(11)

  1. 1. The Great Plains Bison <ul><li>The Ark of Taste </li></ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul>
  2. 2. http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/planet-earth-plains-the-bison-returns.html
  3. 3. <ul><li>Came to North America 10,000 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted to warming climate and flourished amongst the plains </li></ul><ul><li>Provided food, shelter, tools and fuel to the aboriginals </li></ul><ul><li>Hunted to near extinction by European settlers </li></ul>History
  4. 4. By the Numbers <ul><li>Former numbers estimated at 60 million in 1800 </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers reduced to less than 1000 by 1899 </li></ul><ul><li>Now over 500,000 across North America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 250,000 in Canada </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Extinction Averted <ul><li>Complete loss prevented by ranchers </li></ul><ul><li>Conservationists in Canada and the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Population gradually stabilized </li></ul><ul><li>1980s farmers began selling to outside markets </li></ul><ul><li>1990s farmers and ranchers discovered that the public had an appetite for bison </li></ul><ul><li>Population increased significantly </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Ark <ul><li>No longer endangered </li></ul><ul><li>Original animal and taste profile is hard to find </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic integrity has been compromised </li></ul><ul><li>Inbreeding has led to leg problems </li></ul><ul><li>Some bred with cattle to produce a Cattalo </li></ul>
  7. 7. Restoration <ul><li>Maintain the genetic purity of the animal </li></ul><ul><li>Grass fed and grass finished with access to native grasses </li></ul><ul><li>Traceability ie: short production line </li></ul>
  8. 8. Key Figures <ul><li>Mary Jernigan (Canadian Ark Coordinater) </li></ul><ul><li>Jerry and Sam Kitt, Goodfare, Alberta </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Nature Farms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The farmers! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blanbrook Bison Farm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bruce and Shirley Mills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Andrew McLean <ul><li>Gastronomy II </li></ul>

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