On the Hunt for Ethical Food

Twin Cities Metro magazine runs an essay threading together the worlds of the hunters and locavores, pointing out something that's increasingly obvious to anyone with a foot in both: The two camps have a lot of common goals and shared opinions.

"Each wants nourishment from their surrounding lands," writes Chuck Terhark. "And each has much to gain from the other: The locavore needs the hunter’s age-old craft wisdom; the hunter covets the locavore’s popularity and book sales."

Terhark does a fine job of explaining the initial discomfort that hunting inspires among fancy city folk, and setting that up against the greater horror of the modern industrialized food distribution network:

"Increasingly the alternatives are harder to think about: factory farms that never allow their animals to see sunlight or grass; mountains of manure poisoning the watershed; the average meal guzzling 1,500 miles worth of fuel in transit to your mouth; a deer population so unmanaged that a stray doe recently happened into the lions’ den at the National Zoo in Washington DC (not to mention the pair seen wandering Nicollet Mall this summer)."

If you've ever bagged a deer or pheasant or calculated food miles before deciding what to order it's an essay worth pondering.

Image source: Flickr member John Beagle under Creative Commons

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