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Locavores, beware

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Conscientious foodies have put a premium on foraged goodies such as fiddleheads and wild leeks - but popularity can come at a cost ...Read the full article

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  1. Chris Edwards from Canada writes: I, for one, believe that anyone who wishes to forage for food in the forest ought to have a license, just as I have to buy a license to hunt game.

    Non-hunters and vegetarians may have a fantasy that their eating habits will not have a negative impact on certain species, but they are wrong, and in fact, they stand to put themselves in greater danger than hunters if they pick and eat the wrong thing.

    "Locavore-ism" may seem like a hip and harmless trend, but it would be intelligent use and protection of resources, the forest, and individuals to ensure that it is done within a framework that ensures it is sustainable.

    A store like Pusateri's should have no more right to sell ramps than it would to sell moose or wild venison.
  2. Steve I'm Not an Alberta Redneck from Calgary, Canada writes: 60,000 tonnes of fiddleheads a day? I think not. In only one day, thats nearly 5 pounds of fiddleheads per Canadian. (for the metrically challenged, as the writer appears to be)

    How many weeks are they processing this amount?
  3. My eyes are open, Are yours? from Canada writes: Feel free to pick as many dandelion greens as you like!
  4. B.C. Expat from Ottawa-Hull, FCR, Canada writes: The choice to buy something foraged from a Canadian forest instead of imported broccoli may seem good to those who tally miles, but when wild foods hit the mainstream, the risks of overharvesting can threaten the species and large-scale industrial processing can diminish the qualities that attracted people in the first place.

    Tragedy of the commons strikes again. If only people took the time to learn basic economics...
  5. Shades of Grey from Whitehorse, Canada writes: The 100 mile diet meets Toronto...can you say "plague of locusts"?
  6. GlynnMhor of Skywall from Canada writes: This is so typical of the idiots that proseletyze 'natural, organic, etc'.

    There's some really REALLY good reasons most of our food is produced efficiently using factory principles instead of being left to foraging.
  7. stand up mimi from Canada writes: Well, enjoy your factory food, GlynnMhor, if you see that as the only alternative to foraging.
  8. GlynnMhor of Skywall from Canada writes: mimi... writes: "Well, enjoy your factory food, GlynnMhor..."

    And you enjoy yours, too. Most of what you eat isn't foraged, but deliberately produced, just as I refered to above.

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