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Deep past could hold clues for a sustainable future

By 28/11/2023December 7th, 2023No Comments

Understanding more about how Aboriginal People sustained life over many millennia could benefit us today in terms of food certainty and food security.

But simplistic labelling of Aboriginal People as ‘hunter-gatherers’ or ‘agriculturalists’ hides the diversity of food systems developed by Indigenous Australians prior to European colonisation, according to a paper published this month in the journal Archaeology of food and foodways.

Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO Rodney Carter is a co-author on the paper, which suggests that a more nuanced understanding of the way Aboriginal People procured food in the deep past could provide direction for a more sustainable food future.

Click here to read the full media release.


Rodney Carter, Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO

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