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Ethical Foraging

by George Hedgepeth

Here are some tips on ethical, responsible, SAFE foraging:

KNOW the plants you plan on using. Cross-reference all possible edibles with at least two sources until you are completely familiar with them.

Be aware of pollution and contamination. Do not eat plants from areas that are sprayed with herbicides or that are within 50 feet of a road.

Use new edibles sparingly until you are sure that you have no allergic reactions.

KNOW the common poisonous species in your area, in all stages of growth.

Double-check and sort wild foods before they are eaten or prepared.

Have permission to gather on others' private property.

Do not harvest rare or endangered plants.

Do not over harvest.

Do not destroy without reason.

Pack out garbage you may find - your grandchildren may thank you!

Teach someone else!

See related article: A Forager's Bibliography

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Do you have your own tip to share?

Send an email to georgehedgepeth(at)hotmail(dot)com

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