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Episode 2: Decolonizing the Food regimen

Reagan Wytsalucy was on the lookout for a misplaced orchard. Martin Reinhardt wished to know extra about and higher perceive the style of Indigenous meals earlier than European colonization in North America. They adopted completely different paths, however their targets have been related: to reclaim their meals traditions to enhance the well being and vitality of their communities.

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Native foodways of searching, fishing, gathering, and farming have been beneath menace for the reason that arrival of Europeans. Colonization, pressured relocations, and, later, extremely processed meals essentially reshaped the weight loss program of many Indigenous individuals. The consequences of these modifications have rippled via generations. Now, Indigenous persons are twice as doubtless to have diabetes as white Individuals, in accordance to a 2017 CDC report.

On this episode, we’ll hear how the historical past of a scorched-earth marketing campaign, and different disruptive insurance policies, altered the panorama of Indigenous foodways and, in return, Indigenous our bodies. Historical past and meals consultants like Wytsalucy and Reinhardt are nurturing Native meals traditions.

One outcome: The Southwest peach has change into an emblem of resilience.

“So it’s virtually only a means of claiming, you understand, we’re nonetheless right here as a individuals. Regardless of every thing that’s occurred, we’re nonetheless right here,” stated Wytsalucy.

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