Climate Change

‘Edible forests’ can fight land clearing and world hunger at the same time

Baskets of foraged wild plants sit on the forest floor at the Gatherwild Ranch, a former apple farm and a location where Hayden Stebbins, an ethnobotanist and clinical herbalist with a focus on invasive species, leads "Forage and Feast" walks to teach people how to forage edible wild plant species growing in the woods and in common surroundings and how to cook them in Germantown, New York, U.S., May 9, 2018. Picture taken May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RC154C63AFA0

Could 'edible forests' be the answer? Image: REUTERS/Mike Segar

Jagannath Adhikari
Sessional Lecturer, UNSW
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Mushrooms, as well as honey, roots and other edible plants are harvested by locals as an important food source. Image: Jagannath Adhikari
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A woman sells bamboo shoot in Pokhara, Nepal. These bamboo shoots are collected in forests at high altitude, 2,200-2,600 meters above sea level. Image: Jagannath Adhikari
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