Study on Impacts of Wild Food in Family Economy, Nutrition and Sustainable Development

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Year:
2014
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Family Economy, Family Nutrition, Indigenous Uses, Uncultivated Food, Wild Food
Authors:
Md. Shafiqul Islam
Journal:
IJRIES
Volume:
1
Number:
1
Pages:
27-34
Month:
Sep.- Oct.
ISSN:
2394-1375
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Abstract:
Wild plants have been adapted from plenty to very minimal in the unusual environments or very harsh climates or exceptionally extreme soil conditions. The study depicted various common species of wild food which are available in different areas over the country. The objective of this study was to know impacts of wild/ uncultivated food in our daily life along with its nutritional value. Wild foods are now considered highly favorable in Bangladesh and have been used extensively in producing various herbal products like toiletries, cosmetics and medicine. Ingredients of wild food create natural immunity in our body against diseases. The study revealed that the community people are well acquainted with edible wild foods including their habitats, collection time, system of harvesting, preparation of foods and consumption. It is usually regular bread for the rural poor communities and contributed lots in their family economy and nutrition. Several problems were identified including uses of chemicals, lack of knowledge on sustainable harvesting; seasonality, discomfort collections and few extents grow in dirty places. If the perceived problems could be solved the people can continue reliance on wild foods for their regular diets and family nutrition.