Through fishing, hunting, and foraging, communities in North America harvest wild foods for food and recreation. This self-provisioning takes place within complex social-ecological systems and has important implications for the health and well-being of self-provisioning fishers who may be exposed to contaminants. Our work in this area aims to better understand the roles wild sourced foods play in food security in the US through various lenses such as nutrition, food sovereignty, resource access, equity, and resilience to environmental or social change.
In Upstate New York, we examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-provisioning from wild and backyard sources. On a project led by partners at Carleton University, we are examining the importance of wild provisional fisheries in the North American Great Lakes.