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Though the collection and consumption of wild foods greatly predates agriculture, it remains a common practice in many cultures today. One such practice - mushroom foraging - common throughout European and eastern societies, has grown in popularity in North America over the past decade with the emergence of the 'wild food movement'. As is the case with wild plants, many wild mushroom species are safe to consume and highly sought. However, in all cases, the safe consumption of wild foods is reliant on accurate identification. Subtleties of characteristics that differentiate mushroom species and differences in their biogeographic distribution patterns make accurate mushroom identification challenging to novice or expatriate foragers, sometimes with lethal consequences.
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Presenter: Dr. James Scott
Dr. Scott is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Head of the Division of Occupational & Environmental Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He has served as a consultant to the Ontario Poison Centre on mushroom poisoning since 2002. Dr. Scott's research focuses on exposure measurement to biological contaminants, mainly bioaerosol, with conventional and molecular genetic methods. He teaches on subjects ranging from biological hazards in the workplace and community, to public health sanitation, to medical and veterinary mycology.
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