Image credit: The Perennial Plate
I've written before about the environmental case for hunting and fishing, and the topic of eating roadkill usually stirs up some heated debate too. I've just come across a rather beautiful and poignant video that explores both these topics in the colds of Minnesota.
I'm actually rather surprised that we don't appear to have covered Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine's web show The Perennial Plate before. Covering everything from foraging through bread baking to hunting and fishing, this is a serious show about taking your food seriously.
Vegetarians, vegans and the just plain squeamish may find some of the footage disturbing—or may simply take issue with Klein's definition of what constitutes humane treatment. (Fine is a vegetarian, and actually refused to watch some of the episodes she has shot.) But there's no doubt that these are folks who think long and hard about where their food comes from, and they present it with a sense of thoroughness, integrity, and just enough commentary to give context, without telling the audience what to think.
Beautiful stuff. I'll be sure to be posting some more videos in the near future. And while season one took place over a calendar year in Minnesota, season two will be hitting the road across the United States. Watch this space.
More on Hunting, Fishing, Meat Eating and Sustainability
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