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Clam hunger: environmental impacts on food and well-being

2013 Swinomish Tribe clam bake. Photo: Copyright Northwest Treaty Tribes
2013 Swinomish Tribe clam bake. Photo: Copyright Northwest Treaty Tribes

A story this week in Salish Sea Currents delves into the connection between environmental change and culturally important foods. Writer Sarah DeWeerdt interviewed social scientists at the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference about how this affects the spiritual and physical health of Salish Sea tribes and first nations. “The loss of subsistence and cultural identity cannot be estimated,” Joe Schumacker of the Quinault Department of Fisheries told her. In some cases, the yearning to eat culturally important foods can even override health when foods may be hazardous due to toxins from pollution.

Read about 'clam hunger' in Salish Sea Currrents.