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Extending the Locavore Movement to Wild Fish and Game: Questions and Implications

 

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  1. Vol. 42 No. 1, p. 185-189
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    Received: July 30, 2013
    Published: January 7, 2014


    * Corresponding author(s): kgtidball@cornell.edu
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doi:10.4195/nse.2013.0024
  1. Keith G. Tidball *a,
  2. Moira M. Tidballb and
  3. Paul Curtisa
  1. a Dep. of Natural Resources, 118 Fernow Hall, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 14853
    b Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Waterloo, NY 13165

Abstract

The locavore movement presents an opportunity to educate citizens about the nutritional and culinary benefits associated with consumption of wild fish and game, as well as demonstrate the benefits and value of hunting and fishing activities. An integrated research and extension program focused on procuring, preparing, and eating wild fish and game provides further opportunities to understand how actions such as participation in hunting, fishing, and other related outdoor recreation contribute to society and to the rest of the environment. Further, learning that can occur from an extension program that is nested in a stewardship or resource management practice, such as “locavore hunting and fishing,” interacts with a larger social–ecological system. Such a program can address numerous civic and public well-being concerns facing society, including an increasing lack of nature contact, a growing health crisis due to diet and inactivity, a decline in hunting and fishing (which create the revenue streams for habitat and wildlife management), and diminishing availability of high-quality, local foods due to economic concerns.

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