When talking about what I do, I often hear ‘I don’t have time‘, or ‘I don’t have the money‘, or ‘I don’t know how‘. Lately though I’ve been challenged a few times with: “If we all go out and harvest a game animal, there will be none left“
First, correct. If everybody woke up tomorrow morning and went out to shoot a moose instead of go to work, the moose population would be in trouble. Thankfully, it would be entirely illegal for everybody to do that, as there are legalities surrounding the harvesting of wild game animals. The populations are managed. [If you have a problem with how wildlife is managed, contact the SRD, not me]
Secondly, to those who feel that way, I’d ask them to consider an agricultural environment where we opted out of monocultures and grew food forests [berries, greens, mushrooms] that contained wild game. Would harvesting them then be different? I don’t think you’ll be able to convince me that indigenous species aren’t a worthwhile consideration in our regional food culture in some way, shape, or form. I also don’t know many people who have planted as many native species of plants in their yard as I have, so that they can provide for me here, reducing my need to forage in natural environments. I’m working within the confines of our norm, and am trying to broaden that norm in a healthy way.
So please, before you take a run at me on this one, please know that I am not advocating pillaging of our natural resources. That’s not my gig. Use the search box and do some reading here, if you want. What I am doing is advocacy for embracing native species of plants and animals into our regional food culture. I don’t feel I’ve misrepresented that intent, I think some folks are simply willing to challenge me on it, uninformed.
[context, as example: comments related to the recent Edmonton Journal article]