With our pilot episode on urban agriculture largely done, I’m starting to plot out future episodes and cast a net for new characters. One episode I’m really excited about is on wild food, i.e. mushroom foragers, wildcrafters, seaweed harvesters, herb gatherers and…hunters.
Yes, hunters. There’s a big disconnect between foodies who embrace sustainable and local food and hunters. It’s part of the urban/rural divide. The two groups seldom talk to each other. As Iso Rabins of ForageSF told me in a recent interview: “There are two kinds of people in the U.S. Those who own guns and those who don’t. We have all these ideas about each other and a lot of them are wrong.”
If you eat meat and care about the source of your food, hunting seems like a logical thing to do. After all, a wild pig or deer lives a truly free range life free of antibiotics and cruel confinement.
Rabins recently bought a rifle and plans to go hog hunting for the first time. He is deeply immersed in the San Francisco Bay Area’s wild/sustainable food movement and says hunting is becoming cool among urban foodie hipsters. As long as they take their hunter safety classes, I say that’s a good thing. Whatever brings people closer to the source of their food and the land that sustains it is progress. And it will make for good TV, too. Stay tuned.