E111: Edible Landscapes for the Zombie Apocalypse or Not

//E111: Edible Landscapes for the Zombie Apocalypse or Not

E111: Edible Landscapes for the Zombie Apocalypse or Not

In this episode hosts Aaron and Jason interview Dr. Mark “Merriweather” Vorderbruggen Ph.D. on foraging for wild edibles.

Foraging for wild edibles is a huge topic. And there are many myths and misinformation about the topic. Some could make you ill–some could have you pushing up daisies.

But in ‘Landscaping for the Zombie Apocalypse’ we discuss many of these myths. And, as always, have several laughs together.

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Join us as we discuss:

  • How to start learning wild edibles
  • Developing an edible and medicinal landscape
  • Can you survive off foraging wild edibles alone
  • The myth of living off the land easily
  • The myth of where the food is
  • What will happen to wild game after a collapse
  • The most common edible you walk past every day
  • Preparing a plant to make tea
  • How to pesticide company websites may be a huge
  • wild edible resources
  • All things mushrooms

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By |2017-10-22T14:36:17+00:00February 3rd, 2014|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|10 Comments

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  1. Vince February 4, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    This was a really good show. I enjoy most of your shows and you’ve had some good ones in the past, but I really enjoyed this one. It really makes you think, when you realize how many squirrels you need to eat to stay healthy.

    • Aaron Frankel February 4, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Thanks for the good words vince. And it is pretty amazing how much food it takes to power the human body–when it’s not coming from a grocery story, of course.

      • Merriwether February 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

        …When it’s not coming from a grocery store…Or from a factory.
        The history of the human race was mainly a struggle for enough food.

  2. Lee February 20, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Hi, Enjoyed the show, decided to write in as the vegan/vegetarian calorie sufficiency question was posed. I have been vegetarian for over 8 years, following having my gall bladder removed. I am presently 47 years old, just over 6′ tall, weighing 240 lbs. I lift weights, have an active lifestyle, and a normal dietary day consists of granola or oatmeal in the morning, subway veg patty hero for lunch, or a grilled cheese/soup combo. Dinner may be pasta/rice and beans/ stir fried tofu with veggies. You get the idea. I eat very little junk food, drink no sugary soda. If I am hungry during the day I have peanuts, pistachios or a clif bar. I eat eggs once or twice a week. If I have chocolate it’s dark chocolate very little sugar. My cholesterol is fine, my resting pulse is 55, blood pressure 120/80, and a recent full body scan showed zero heart/blood vessel/ gastro issues. I believe the mistake many people make as to the foraging question and calorie intake is the assumption that native peoples, whatever the diet, were constantly on the move. To the contrary I believe primitive peoples were extremely calorie conservative, moving only when necessary, and predominantly sedentary when possible. Case in point, am presently reading the viking sagas, they were virtually inactive during the long winter months and rarely even ventured outside for long periods. I have section hiked portions of the Appalachian trail and my calorie requirements were much higher than normal. Do I feel that a person can forage and survive vegetarian? Not at all, but it’s very region dependent, much easier to do in the tropics than up north. Sorry for the long post, I have no issues with those choosing to eat meat, just figured I would let you know that it’s not hard to maintain weight on a vegetarian diet and be active. Love the show, keep up the great work guys!

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  4. Marion September 30, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

    I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing issues with your
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    • Aaron Frankel October 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Tested against three of the major browsers on two different computers. So it would appear the issue is on your end.

  5. Joe Bob April 14, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    The comment about it being illegal to forage in a National Forest is false. There are guidelines issued by each USFS office.

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