Dylan is an anthropology PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. His thesis investigates the Canadian wild food trade, documenting the different values products like morel mushrooms, fiddlehead greens and cloudberries have for their producers and consumers.
His focus is on the contradictions and connections that make up contemporary Canada, a land some imagine as an untamed wilderness, and others eye as a rich store of natural resources. His research involves long-term participant-observation with First Nations, rural and urban communities as they harvest, process, trade and eat wild foods. As these foods move from Canadian forests into local, national and international markets, conflicts over the value of nature—social, ecological and economic—are both exacerbated and overcome. The trade thus provides a compelling case study for understanding how we engage with the wealth of nature.
You can follow his work on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@KnowWildFood.