Dry forests special: Wild food - a recipe for health?
A 2006 study done in Thailand, for example, identified 134 species of wild edible plants, including leaves, stems, roots, fruits, flowers and shoots. The study also showed that among the ethnic Karen people, who live in the dry forests of Western Thailand, every year each household on average ate 176 kilograms of leaves, 115 kilograms of stems, and 133 kilograms of wild fruit. Dry forests also provided an important source of bushmeat, ranging from small rodents to large mammals like hippos and elephants. A 2012 study found that people living in rural areas of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico ate nearly 5 kilograms of wild bushmeat per person every year. Households in the Argentine Chaco ate wild meat nearly eight days a month – a higher proportion than for chicken and pork, according to 2006 research.