Ben Belty: The Benefits of Wild Food, Dangers of Glyphosate, and ReWilding Dirt Time

Why forage when you can hop in your petroleum-fueled vehicle and hit the closest Whole Foods?


1. Because you're smart. And...

2. Because you know better.

You may also know that by incorporating wild foods into your everyday diet that you not only help optimize your health but increase longevity.

Not only are they more nutritious, they're also free and often right in our backyards.

Today's guest will share some of his knowledge about wild foods, the dangers of glyphosate, and the type of work he wants to see with today's online ReWilding community.

Along with those fun facts, you'll also learn: 

  • Why wild foods are the cornerstone of any neo-ancestral lifeway,
  • How to correctly process acorns and why that's important,
  • Why women are better "nutrient transformers" than men, and...
  • Much, much more.

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Episode Breakdown

  • The injury that led to Ben's discovery of natural health
  • Raw milk, herbs, and the Maine Primitive Skills School
  • Ben examines why food is such an important aspect of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle
  • Ben shares some of his favorite wild foods
  • How wild foods protect themselves from contaminants
  • Ben weighs in on the low-carb high-fat diet debate
  • Ben breaks down how plants defend themselves
  • Ben explains how to process acorns
  • How to incorporate acorns into your diet
  • What Ben believes is the key to human health
  • Ben talks about what wild foods might have been without industry
  • Why wild food is always better
  • Ben shares a few of his favorite food stuffs he likes to buy at the store
  • Ben and I explain why you may want to spend more money on sardines
  • Why muscles, oysters, and clams are still wild foods even when farm-raised
  • Land-based wild green foods vs. wild seafood
  • Ben's personal strategy for curbing food cravings with sea vegetables
  • The micronutrient that mitigates the side effects of methylmercury
  • Ben examines the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of wild foods to domesticated foods
  • Why women are better "nutrient transformers" than men
  • Why Ben says he's not a big "almond guy"
  • Why Ben has been researching Round-Up and the effects of glyphosate
  • Ben goes over the importance of glycine
  • Ben's strategies for avoiding and/or buffering the effects of glyphosate exposure
  • Ben makes a distinction between processed foods, commercial foods, and industrial foods
  • Ben talks about the hamster wheel of modern life
  • How Ben would like to see the Rewild Yourself Facebook group grow
  • The type of people Ben sees joining the Facebook group and why he believes they join

Questions I Ask

  1. "What relationship do you have with ancestral health?"
  2. "What are some of the staple foods that you will be procuring this season?"
  3. "What's your opinion on low-carb high-fat diets?"
  4. "What would you make with acorns?"
  5. "Would you recommend that people who are looking to rewild their diet perhaps look more at seafood and sea vegetables?"
  6. "Are you ever worried about the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids?"
  7. "Is glyphosate contaminating our water?"
  8. "What is your relationship with the ReWild Yourself Facebook group?"
  9. "What type of person do you typically see joining the ReWild Yourself Facebook group?"

Mentioned Resources

Quote Highlight

"You can't live on dandelion tea and nettles..." - Ben Belty

Who is Ben Belty?

Ben Belty is the owner and founder of; a company dedicated to sourcing the best wild food ingredients for optimal health. In addition to his business, Ben works for Woodland Farm in Goshen Kentucky -- a premiere producer of pasture-raised bison and forest-finished heritage pork. Ben resides in Louisville Kentucky with his new-born daughter Amata, where he enjoys foraging and exploring the local landscape both rural and urban. In Ben's free time, he admins the popular Facebook group "ReWild Yourself." Ben also likes cooking with wild foods, studying daoism and natural health, as well as visiting springs as often as possible.

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James Broderick