ReWilding Fundamentals

ReWilding Fundamentals

Rewilding is a process for creating humans who can live in a healthful, truly sustainable manner, in close connection with their local landscape (i.e., as part of the wild ecology).  It is a trajectory that anyone can follow, regardless of where they live.

Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets

Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets

Hunter-gatherers serve as wonderful models for examining the food habits of humans.  Not only has hunting and gathering been practiced since long before anatomically modern humans appeared, but the people that practiced this method of food acquisition represented some of the healthiest people on the planet (those that were still consuming their traditional diet and had ample space to practice their diet and lifestyle).

The Zen of Cheap Stuff

The Zen of Cheap Stuff

Most everyone recognizes that there is truth to saying “you get what you pay for”.  For the most part, cheaper products don’t function as well as higher priced goods.  Further, products made with cheaper materials don’t last as long and are more likely to be defective and/or break sooner than the higher priced items.

Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid Are Not the Same Thing

Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid Are Not the Same Thing

We have been trained in this country to think of many things as isolated features.  Whether it is nutrition, or medicine, or even how we examine ourselves relative to the environment we live in, we are convinced that we can understand complex structures and processes by understanding the individual parts.

Domestication and the Concurrent Loss of Responsibility

Domestication and the Concurrent Loss of Responsibility

If people were to examine the lives of wild animals, they would clearly see that these organisms are responsible for every aspect of their lives—acquiring nutrition, keeping warm, avoiding predators, rearing young, and so on.  If we contrast this with farm animals, we see a completely different existence.

Muted Consumer Awareness

Muted Consumer Awareness

Indigenous people relied on their awareness for everyday survival.  They needed to open their senses up—all of them—extending them as far out into their environment as they could in order to find resources they needed and keep distance between those animals (or other people) that could harm them.

Venison, By Any Name, Is A Real Food

Venison, By Any Name, Is A Real Food

Venison, called otuhkey (pronounced uh-doo-KAY) by one indigenous group of Maine, is a red meat that presents a different flavor than beef.  Some describe it as “gamey”, though I would politely argue it simply tastes different.