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Savouring the free lunch: Edible activism and the joy of foraging

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2020
Authors/Contributors
Author: David Chang
Author: Heesoon Bai
Abstract
At a time when industrial agriculture and multi-national conglomerates dominate the foodscape in many parts of the Western world, when the ecological context of food is often excised from the act of eating, can the practice of foraging help reshape our sense of belonging within the earth community? In this chapter, we present a dialogue on our foraging experiences. David reflects on the impact of shucking oysters on a remote island, catching smelt in a stream and struggling to identify berries from a field guide. Heesoon recalls her botanical education under the tutelage of her mother, who imparted her traditional knowledge on edible weeds, and picking berries with her daughters. Through each of these episodes, we explore the sacramental, cultural, relational, and educational significance of our foraging experiences. Although foraging practices cannot promise to feed the current world population, we suggest that intentional foraging practice can constitute a form of edible activism, a way of re-thinking and reshaping participation in a pervasive consumer culture that sees food as commodity rather than communion.
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Chang D., Bai H. (2020) Savouring the Free Lunch: Edible Activism and the Joy of Foraging. In: Pontius J., Mueller M., Greenwood D. (eds) Place-based Learning for the Plate. Environmental Discourses in Science Education, vol 6. Springer, Cham. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/10.1007/978-3-030-42814-3_5
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Publication title
Place-based Learning for the Plate. Environmental Discourses in Science Education
Document title
Savouring the free lunch: Edible activism and the joy of foraging
Editor
Pontius J., Mueller M., Greenwood D
Publisher
Springer
Date
2020
Volume
6
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Yes
Language
English
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