QP15: The Ethics of Harvesting Wild Food, with Arthur Haines

Quillwood Podcast

Jul 13 2022 • 1 hr 16 mins

Arthur Haines is a Maine hunting and recreation guide, forager, ancestral skills mentor, author, public speaker, and botanical researcher. In this episode he and Eric talk about the benefits of eating and gathering wild foods, how not all impacts we might have on wild plant populations are negative, practices for properly harvesting fiddleheads and wild leeks, and strategies for regulating the harvest of wild edible plants, among other things.

Outline

  • 00:00 - 03:11 — Episode introduction
  • 03:11 - 07:17 — What Arthur and his family have been harvesting and eating
  • 07:17 - 17:04 — Benefits of eating and gathering wild foods
  • 17:04 - 31:11 — Interacting with wild foods, and how not all impact is negative
  • 31:11 - 34:23 — Lamenting commercial harvesting of wild foods
  • 34:23 - 52:00 — Practices for properly harvesting fiddleheads and wild leeks
  • 52:00 - 64:30 — Strategies for regulating the harvest of wild plant foods
  • 64:30 - 73:03 — Overcoming the mindset of exploitation and conquest
  • 73:03 - 76:16 — Episode wrap-up

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