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Evaluating and Communicating Risks and Benefits to Fond du Lac Band Members of Consuming Wild Rice and Waterfowl

Researchers plan to screen waterfowl and wild rice for contaminants  and compare the cultural, nutritional, and economic benefits of  these traditional Ojibwe foods against market substitutes.  Because  these preferred foods may contain mercury and other toxic  pollutants, the researchers will make the information accessible to  Fond du Lac Band members and other Minnesota Ojibwe. Objectives: (1) Formulate consumption scenarios for wild rice and  waterfowl for different segments of the Fond du Lac population;  (2)    Collect and screen wild rice grain and waterfowl tissue  samples for contaminants and assess available ecotoxicological data  to evaluate the potential for exposure to contaminants; (3) Build a  profile of the nutritional and economic benefits of wild rice and  waterfowl consumption verses likely market substitutes; (4) Describe  and measure, where feasible, cultural and lifestyle benefits  associated with these traditional foods; (5) Communicate study  findings through culturally-appropriate outreach and education  activities that present both the risks and benefits of traditional  food consumption using a holistic approach.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Mary RenwickPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program $ 43,084.00USDEstimates

Funding 30 projects for a total of $2,568,917.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Ecosystem
Impact of Pollutants
Toxic Metals
Toxic Organics
Land Use and Habitat
Wetlands
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Superior
State Province
Minnesota
Annex Numbers
Persistent Toxic Substances
Research & Development
Annex 17
Ecotoxicity and toxicity effects of pollutants related to developing Annex 1 specific objectives
Population-based studies on long-term, low-level effects of toxic substances on human health
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Persistent Toxic Substances
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Ecotoxicity and toxicity effects of pollutants related to developing Annex 1 specific objectives
    Population-based studies on long-term, low-level effects of toxic substances on human health

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