Today’s society is more and more interested in healthy food, how animals used for food are treated, the distance that their food travels, reducing their CO2 footprint, the use of pesticides and hormones in the process of producing their food and the effects that the use of the latter has to the environment.
Our awareness about the disconnection between people and their food sources is on the rise. At the same time organic food sources and locally produced food are becoming more popular as people are looking for alternatives to the highly processed foods and products that come from “super farms” of unknown origin.
As the trend towards responsible use of food and its sources is rising, so is the wish to be more connected, slowly leaning towards more traditional ways of producing food.
This is where wild meat comes into the picture. It is a natural and therefore organic food source, lacking steroids, hormones, artificial flavours and other chemicals used for preservation. Being raised in the wild, the animal’s natural habitat, where it is feeding on the natural food sources nature provides and drinking from clean water sources, the meat is not only organic and free-range, but also lower in fat and has a higher protein percentage than commercially produced meat.
Hunters well know and appreciate these qualities as the statics show. About 40 million U.S and Canadian citizens harvest wildlife such as mule deer, black bear and mountain goat, and fish every year to provide their families and friends with healthy food.
Embracing our past as hunter-gathers, we keep alive the tradition that has fed us since the beginning of the human history. Or as Shane Mahoney, a leading Canadian conservationist, puts it: “The harvest and consumption of wildlife has been an integral part of the human story throughout the entirety of our existence.” And despite the progress in agriculture and technology that we have made “many regions of the world, including the U.S and Canada, human populations continue to rely on wild harvest for a significant part of their diet”. (Shane Mahoney, Conservation Visions Inc., Press Release June 8th 2015)