Aug 17, 2020
Join Dr. Quave as she chats with ethnobotanist Dr. Bruce Hoffman about his work with the indigenous people of Suriname! Bruce discusses his work with the Amazon Conservation Team and shares what life is like in the Amazon! He explains how the ACT works with local Trio and Saramaccan communities to establish stingless bee hives as a source of local income for this medicinal forest honey. We also discuss what to do if you encounter a group of peccaries in the forest… (here’s a hint) climb a tree… FAST!
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Bruce Hoffman is an ethnobotanist and tropical botanist with over 25 years of field experience in the Guiana Shield region (NE Amazon). Bruce began his career in the tropics as a botanical expedition leader in Guyana (South America) with the Smithsonian Institution (U.S. National Herbarium). From the late 1990s onwards, Bruce transitioned from a career as plant taxonomist to ethnobotany and biocultural conservation. Bruce has worked for several decades now with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) which applies a field-based approach in partership with local communities to protect tropical forest landscapes. He is currently based in Suriname (South America), coordinating ACT programs and activities with communities in remote forests near Brazil. He is especially interested and active in community-based forest inventory, the development of value chains from forest resources (e.g., stingless bee honey, herbal tea, African rice, seed jewelry, seed oils), documenting traditional knowledge, and promoting adaptive solutions in conservation by working with local communities. Bruce has published or co-published works on botany (Lianas of the Guianas, 2017), tree diversity patterns (Amazon Tree Diversity Network), cross-cultural ethnobotany (Maroon and Trio, 2009) and sustainable resource use.
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Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal? Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as she explores the amazing pharmacology of our foods.
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