Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 536
- Jun 25, 2020 7:00 pm
- 52:50 mins
The Advantages of Eating Wild Foods Guest: Gina Rae La Cerva, author, "Feasting Wild: in Search of the Last Untamed Food" Why would we want to forage for wild food when we cultivate so much? And why don't we think of foraging for plants and insects as sport the way we think about hunting and fishing? It's all wild food, after all. That Weed in Your Yard May Be an Ancient Crop Guest: Elizabeth Horton, Station Archaeologist, Toltec Mounds Research Station, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas The weeds you find in your backyard today may have been the life-sustaining crops of Native American communities 3,000-5,000 years ago. Though today's wild variations aren’t identical to domesticated plants of the past, botanists, archaeologists, and anthropologists from all over the US are studying these “lost crops” to learn more about the past and re-envision a potential farming future.