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Ethical Harvest
While foraging is fun, the protection of the earth and its people is the first priority.
While I could write an essay on the ethics of foraging, my guidelines for ethical harvest fall broadly into two categories:
1) Do no harm to the earth. 2) Give back to the people whose land you benefit from.
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Research the history of a region to make informed decisions about protecting native species and mitigating the spread of harmful, introduced species. Never harvest wild foods unless collecting from an abundant patch, and only collect up to 5% of the edible parts. There are usually other animals that like it as much as you. Only collect what you have use for. Harvest edible parts without killing the organism.
Before collecting any wild foods, research the indigenous peoples whose land you’re on, and learn how you can donate and contribute to their wellbeing. Learn about Native American food sovereignty, indigenous rights, and the land back movement. For non-indigenous folx: do not gatekeep knowledge and locations of wild foods. Remember: this is not your land. Here’s a short (though not exhaustive) list of links to learn more: