[permaculture] Road Kill: It's Fresh, It's Organic, It's Free

Calum Ewing calumewing at eastlink.ca
Tue Jul 28 20:45:25 EDT 2009

Interesting thoughts.  Infact there was a bit of an upset in Newfoundland in 
eastern Canada this week when the provincial government moved to ban the use 
of road kill meat.

It seems the plentiful raodkilled moose have long been the staple of 
fundraising barbeques for charitable organizations like volunteer fire 
Departments and Ground Search & Rescue organizations.

There's more details at 

Calum Ewing
Three Fathom Harbour
Nova Scotia, Canada

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Subject: [permaculture] Road Kill: It's Fresh, It's Organic, It's Free

> Road Kill: It's Fresh, It's Organic, It's Free
> By Sandor Ellix Katz, Chelsea Green Publishing. Posted July 28, 2009.
> http://www.alternet.org/environment/141595/road_kill%3A_it%27s_fresh%2C_it%27s_organic%2C_it%27s_free/
> How broke would you have to get to eat roadkill?
> Don't freak out. This isn't a sensationalist necrophilic bizarre
> fetishized kind of thing. It's legit. Actually, depending on several
> factors, it can be perfectly safe (and entirely affordable) to eat
> meat that has been left by the side of a highway or county road.
> In fact, there may be not much of a difference from a deer you hunt,
> and a deer you kill accidentally. Now, this may sound a bit extreme to
> you. But according to Sandor Katz, lifelong activist and food lover,
> roadkill has been a source of food for poor people since cars were
> invented. So, don't be classist. At least read more about it!
> The following is an excerpt from The Revolution Will Not Be
> Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements by Sandor
> Ellix Katz. It has been adapted for the Web.
> If you pay attention and look at the road while driving (or, even more
> so, while walking or biking), you will inevitably encounter roadkill.
> Animals moving across the landscape are often unavoidable prey at
> fifty-five miles per hour. Little systematic counting has been done,
> but extrapolating from data collected by road crews in Ohio, one
> analysis estimates there are an average of more than one hundred
> million roadkill victims in the United States each year. Dr. Splatt,
> the pseudonym of a high-school science teacher who for thirteen years
> has organized students around New England to participate in a roadkill
> census, comes up with a very similar estimate of 250,000 animals
> killed by cars in the United States on an average day. Some people see
> food in these unfortunate victims of our car culture and regularly
> pick roadkill up off the road to take home and eat.
> A few passionate souls I have encountered eat roadkill almost every
> day. My neighbors Casper and Pixey bring roadkill stews to our
> potlucks. For a while they did their frying in grease rendered from a
> roadkill bear they came across in the mountains. On one of my friends
> Terra and Natalie's visits, they had strips of roadkill venisons
> splayed across their dashboard drying into jerky.
> When I first met Terra, she was vegan. Then she and her boyfriend
> Ursus -- who has the word vegan tattooed onto his shin -- discovered
> roadkill and quickly became roadkill carnivores. In her zine, The
> Feral Forager, Terra explains how they came to start eating roadkill:
> Our first feral feast of roadkill was on spring equinox of 2002. That
> past winter we had experimented with skinning and tanning, using a
> possum and a raccoon we had found on the roadside. . . . On spring
> equinox we were driving in the suburbs of a large southeastern city
> and spotted a fox dead on the roadside. Our first thought was what a
> great fur it would make. We scraped it up (it wasn't very mangled at
> all) and took it to our friends' house downtown, and Ursus skinned it
> in the backyard while our friends assisted. When it was all done and
> hanging gutless and skinless from a tree, it was like some collective
> epiphany: why not eat it? There was a great firepit there and several
> willing "freegans," along with a few pretty hardcore vegans (including
> Ursus) who raised no protest. After a couple hours on a spit, the grey
> fox was edible. I guess it was something about the start of a new
> season -- it was almost ritualistic, without trying to make it so.
> Some stood by and watched while four or five of us feasted on the fox.
> Ursus, a hardcore vegan, was perhaps the most voracious. There was
> something primal about his eating -- like a wild man caged for years
> eating only bagels and bananas. Ursus tanned the skin and later wore
> it around his neck like a scarf.
> Terra, Ursus, Natalie, and other members of the Wildroots Collective
> in western North Carolina now eat roadkill nearly every day, have a
> good supply put away in a freezer, and have tried dozens of different
> species of animals found dead on roadsides.
> The Wildroots folks have become enthusiastic promoters of roadkill and
> work hard to spread information and skills to empower other people to
> tap into this huge available food supply. Members of the collective do
> a good bit of traveling on the do-it-yourself skillsharing circuit,
> teaching people how to judge the edibility of a dead animal on the
> road and guiding them through the experience of skinning and cleaning
> a small animal. At the 2005 Food For Life gathering at the Sequatchie
> Valley Institute/Moonshadow, one of the most memorable events was the
> hands-on roadkill workshop, in which we learned about the cleaning,
> skinning, and butchering of roadkill animals. The Wildroots folks
> brought a roadkill groundhog with them, and our friend Justin, another
> roadkill enthusiast, brought a squirrel he had found on his bike ride
> to the gathering. (The more slowly you travel, the more you notice not
> only roadkill but all sorts of roadside harvesting possibilities.)
> (more online)
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