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PYP 078: Alan Muskat on Wild Foraging as the Way Home

alan-muskatAlan Muskat has shown some pretty famous people how to feed themselves off the ground.

As founder of the No Taste Like Home foraged food and event company, Alan has shared his “off the eaten track” (his pun, not mine) self-catering skills with such food luminaries as Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, Andrew Weil, and The James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. He's also been featured by The History Channel, PBS, Southern Living, and Travel and Leisure.

He's also author of the book Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment.

Alan's got a unique outlook on food: we should abandon mass agriculture and return to the food we were meant to eat: the stuff that grows all around, totally without our help.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • the main benefits of foraging for our food
  • why agriculture – even organic agriculture – is unsustainable in the long run
  • how a psychedelic mushroom helped push Alan out of the mainstream
  • comparisons of our time at Princeton University (not a place that necessarily encouraged the journeys that both Alan and I have been on)
  • the incredible properties of wild mushrooms
  • how trusting nature can provide true home/land security
  • the link between wild food and spiritual faith
  • evidence that we were never actually kicked out of the Garden of Eden
  • some wild plants that everyone should be eating
  • what happens when we don't have to earn money to buy our food
  • and much more…

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.

Links

NoTasteLikeHome.org – Alan's website

 

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