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Researcher puts a dollar figure on Nunavut’s country food harvest – Nunatsiaq News

5 December 2019

“Hidden economy” worth $143 million annually

HALIFAX—Why can’t we talk about Nunavut’s locally harvested food in the same way we talk about natural resources?

Duncan Warltier, a PhD candidate at McGill University, put that question to northerners and northern researchers gathered for a talk on sustainable harvesting at the ArcticNet conference in Halifax on Dec. 2, while presenting the preliminary results of his research project on Nunavut’s local food economy.

His study looked at the nutritional value of country food through the energy and protein it contains. Based on that nutritional value, and using cost data from the Nutrition North program, Warltier estimated a dollar figure for the hunted and harvested foods.

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