Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Making Ends Meat

If eight years ago someone told you that in 2009 the mainstream media would be running stories for desperate city-dwellers about how to save money by eating pigeons and squirrels, what would you have said?


Blogger Dave S. said...

I'm just glad I have the last edition of Joy of Cooking to include squirrel and other such delights.

4/28/2009 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Ghidorah said...

Eight years ago I would not have believed it.

Five years ago I would have said, "Really? I didn't think it would happen that quickly."

Three years ago I would have said, "You ain't seen nothing yet."

People call me cynical and a pessimist for buying books on wilderness survival and edible plants. For now, I still have a job and an upper-middle class lifestyle. But the writing is on the wall.

4/28/2009 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HHHmmm, dried beans are really inexpensive.

And, it could be "Soylent Green", or "To Serve Man". Icks!

I suspect a number of these people have been doing this almost all their lives. And in some cases, this is just DNR "nature management", which probably has more to do with sprawl and loss of animal habitat and agricultural land. Ones attitude and surprise level to the article's content depends on where one lives and how observant one is regarding their community. imho, this isn't anything new. I've known people that would hit a turtle, opossum, raccoon, with their car, and call it dinner. For years, people have been lined up fishing on the peer, or the side of the road. I always cringe when I see folk fishing for catfish (any filter feeders) out of some of these polluted bodies of water. But this raises a good point. The one thing we should be doing for the less wealthy, is ensure corporations don't pollute and abuse them. "Do no harm" is so important. Pollution causes more health related problems, and it destroys the natural resources to grow quality food. We don't need to hit the financially strapped even harder. I suppose certain creatures are abundant, but the aquatic wildlife is under so much pressure now. Parts of that article lend me to wonder about the additional stress on wildlife populations and the health of the planet. There was scuttlebutt going around in parts of the state, be sure to lock up your dogs at night. Icks!

Craig Ferguson had a good line about how important "life-saving" "vital" news seems to always be coming after the ad for boner pills.

But mostly, I don't think much of the "mainstream media". It has been, and continuous to be, feckless. We wouldn't be in these predicaments today if they were useful and doing investigative journalism.

4/28/2009 4:00 PM  
Anonymous judyo said...

"Three years ago I would have said, "You ain't seen nothing yet."

We must be Siamese twins. People who know me are sick to death of hearing this. Well, until lately.

4/28/2009 8:52 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

A country boy can survive! LOL. Damn ammo is getting expensive. Glad I'm hoarding that too. Gorgous out here though. Plum Trees, Apple Trees, Tomato, cucumber, carrots. Plus plenty of wildlife. Only one road in and out.

4/28/2009 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those don't sound too bad after reading about how we do agribusiness in Mexico. It's not the Swine Flu, or Cancun Flu, but the NAFTA flu. After reading this, I think I'll become a vegetarian.

4/29/2009 1:36 PM  
Blogger Terro said...

Yuck...the same as I say today.

4/29/2009 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pigeon is good. In China the guest of honor gets the head, the oldest person gets its butt.

4/30/2009 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Pigeons also carry diseases that can infect the one who eats them.

4/30/2009 4:36 PM  
Anonymous KAIMU said...


Hawaii has food and water year round in abundance, not to mention no need for heating or cooling.

If your plan includes being homeless and living off the land then this is the place for you!!

Plus ... NO ROADS in or out!

5/01/2009 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do any of these urban foragers understand the use of pesticides on weeds and strychnine baits used for small mammal control in cities?

I grew up in the swamps of Florida, before the Mickey the rat showed up, and have eaten my share of small rodent like animals, snakes and assorted reptiles. It's good eat'n if you know what your doing.

5/01/2009 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

For the Southern Strategy, this is 'Deliverance'.

5/05/2009 12:44 AM  

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