Wild Ideas in Food

Authored by: Christopher Münke , Afton Halloran , Paul Vantomme , Josh Evans , Benedict Reade , Roberto Flore , Roland Rittman , Anders Lindén , Pavlos Georgiadis , Miles Irving

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415702553
eBook ISBN: 9780203795699
Adobe ISBN: 9781134457335

10.4324/9780203795699.ch19

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Abstract

Foraging for all manner of wild plants, animals and fungi and their products makes up part of the traditional diets of approximately 300 million worldwide (Bharucha and Pretty, 2010). Furthermore, their relevance in the global food supply is often underestimated, as policies and statistics at national and regional levels tend to neglect their importance for food sovereignty and food culture (Bharucha and Pretty, 2010). Foraged plants often grow spontaneously and many exist independent of human interaction (Heywood, 1999).

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