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THE WILD HARVEST INITIATIVE EXPLAINED

The Wild Harvest Initiative® as explained by Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions.

Do you ever think about where your food comes from? How it was procured? Hunters and anglers know EXACTLY where their food comes from – while not everyone personally chooses to hunt or fish, we can agree that these activities do procure a significant amount of healthy, organic rich food by humans. And not just the people who got the food to begin with – neighbors, friends and even shelters benefit from this protein source. What would it cost to replace that protein source? What it is worth economically, nutritionally, socially? The Wild Harvest Initiative will provide empirical answers to these questions.

About Shane Mahoney

Shane Mahoney is widely recognized as a wildlife biologist, conservationist, and thought leader. A former employee of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, he served as Chief of Wildlife Research for the province from 1994-2003, when he accepted the position of Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science. In 2001, he founded and subsequently led the Institute for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, an organization that continues to fund graduate student research at universities throughout North America and Europe. Today, Shane is the founder and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc., a private company and global wildlife initiative that has recently announced the launch of the Wild Harvest Initiative, a multi-year project that will measure and analyze the biomass of wild animal protein harvested each year by citizens of the U.S. and Canada, assessing both its nutritional and economic value, as well as the ecological and financial costs of replacing this food through standard agricultural and domestic livestock production.