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Paul continues his meeting loosely on the subject of the movie “Gather” with Scott, Jen Richardson, and Josiah Kobernik.  

Apparently 400 years ago, the Blackfoot tribe would ignore huckleberry berries, and instead go for the leaves – the tastes of the tribe being far more biased towards bitter foods.  

Speaking of changing tastes, all of the group can attest to no longer liking things that they used to, such as Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew after changing their diets to vegetarian or vegan diets.  In a similar vein, Paul managed to relieve an acquaintance of his of their severe acne by telling him to cut the Mountain Dew in four days.  Despite brief claims of now being a doctor, it is probably legally prudent to point out that (at time of speaking) Paul is not a doctor.

Paul compares the increase in time taken to harvest less productive varieties and methods of farming to how long it takes to get groceries from the shops, including travel time, and finds it’s still preferable to pop out with a fork and grab three plants worth than it is to driving for ages, picking just enough potatoes, paying for them and the half-dozen other things you inevitably pick up, and then driving back.

The discussion moves on to the differing qualities of different meats depending on what they’re fed off of – such as the difference between conventional cattle and wild bison.  If conventional cattle rearing didn’t involve confined animals fed GMO corn and allowed to walk through their own muck, then chances are the quality of the meat and fats would me much higher.  

Josiah points out that a lot work that the people in the movie were doing was to do with the economics of the native food and traditions – they have to reach back and re-create the traditions as well as allow their decedents to live and make an income off of those traditions.

Relevant Threads

Northern Native American Agriculture thread

Native American Herbal Healing/ Foraging for Health thread

Tending the Wild - A book on a similar topic

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