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How to eat wild food safely in the woodlands ~ by WoodlandsTV

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Paul Beadle goes through 5 steps to ensure you can eat wild food safely.

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Posted in: Foraging, Survival ~ On: 22 April, 2014

6 comments so far

Freedom Bushcraft
April 22, 2014

nice, I loved watching the deer play in the water.

Allen Hobbs
April 22, 2014

nice, I loved watching the deer play in the water.

April 22, 2014

Fuck the plants,shoot the deer.

Tyler Pickersgill
April 23, 2014

Well this is only a survival scenario I wouldn't try this for no reason

February 13, 2015

Honestly, this approach doesn't make any sense. If you want to eat wild plants, learn wild plants. It's not especially difficult, and far more practical than any of these tests, as once you learn them you'll most likely find yourself incorporating them into your regular diet anyway.
But the truth is that generally, there's no point from a survival standpoint, as most forested areas do not have sufficient amounts of readily available flora for consumption. If you're lucky enough to get lost in a forest in spring that's covered in miles and miles of Trout Lily with starchy bulbs and edible greens, and you know how to prepare them in such a way that they will provide you a substantial meal, that may be another story. But from what we know about body chemistry, it makes more sense not to eat anything at all than to eat inadequate amounts of food.
Here's why, as best I understand it (I'm not an expert, if anybody is feel free to correct me): Once your body has burned through its carbohydrates, it's forced to start metabolizing its lipid reserves (not unlike an animal in hibernation)- which is less efficient, but which provides over a month's worth of energy. There are many physiological changes that take place in the body realizing it needs to do that. If you give it less than necessary to reach at least the basal metabolic rate (1100 to 1700 calories/day), but keep feeding it, it will start consuming its protein reserves instead. In that situation, you die for lack of essential amino acids derived from proteins within a few weeks, as opposed to 40 or more days spent burning your fat reserves (more or less depending on the degree of physical exertion and how overweight you were starting out). Simply fasting with heavy water intake is much safer and requires far less know-how.
Also, that deer was awesome.

A. K.
March 27, 2016

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