Adam Haritan is the founder of Learn Your Land, as well as a wild food enthusiast, researcher, and forager.
He learned the value of wild food foraging while studying nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh, where he discovered just how beneficial wild foods could be in optimizing human health.
Wild plants, on average, are more nutritious than their cultivated counterparts (i.e. wild blueberries vs. domesticated blueberries, wild lettuce vs. iceberg lettuce). The wild food diet is the diet that we, as Homo sapiens, have been consuming for the majority of our time on this planet, and it is the diet that we are most adapted to consume.
Today, very few Americans consume any wild foods, and instead subsist on nutrient-deficient products that scarcely resemble anything real or natural. It’s no wonder that degenerative diseases like cancer, diabetes, and chronic inflammation are so prevalent. We have abandoned our natural diet and are suffering as a result.
This realization has led Adam to pursue a lifestyle of wild food foraging while unearthing the forgotten knowledge we once cherished. It is Adam’s hope to share the enthusiasm and passion he has for wild foods with you!
Adam’s Challenge; Attend a nature walk where someone is going to teach you about the natural world.
Adam spoke at the first ever Going Deep Summit.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 37 with Jennifer Pharr Davis where we discuss her record setting hiking career.
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J i m m i e McCall Jr.
2/23/2019 07:15:47 pm
Adam my name is j i m m i e I live Montgomery Alabama. I have found some turkey tail mushrooms and they have all the characteristics that you describes in your videos. However there are some different it has the versicolor turkey tail it has the rubbery texture it has the leathery like feeling it is White on the underside and it has the polypore's. It is 6 some more than one inch or more on the underside . But at its base it is thick Some more than 1 inch or more. - unlike the reading that I have been doing. Also 4 5 6 or more inches across . I would like to send you some pictures if I had your direct email. I am considering growing mushroom mainly turkey tail
3/9/2022 06:09:17 am
I believe in the need for a paradigm shift in how we view food and nutrition. I don’t think we should be eating mostly grain-based foods as is recommended by most modern health institutions. For example, according to the official USDA recommendations, we shouldn't even be having eggs or butter because they're too much cholesterol. We should also avoid alcohol, coffee, candy, and soda. Vegetables with seeds are good to eat but vegetables with roots are bad for us. You can make bread with gluten but you have to have the right kind of water. It’s difficult to see all of this as natural. It seems it was created by humans who saw nothing wrong with industrialized agriculture and processed food. There is definitely a lack of understanding about our ancestors sufferings when it comes to health issues like tooth decay, malnutrition or neurological problems due to deficiencies in many vitamins and minerals. Sickness and disease were quite common back then but only because humans tried to substitute real food with cheaply produced manufactured goods which were lacking important nutrients necessary for the body.
Food processing methods can have a profound effect on the nutritional content of food. The most widely known example is pasteurization, which destroys some of the nutritional value of raw milk. Further examples include the use of high-heat during cooking (such as boiling). We’ll be discussing today how food can be extracted and preserved to improve its nutritional value.
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