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Why Canada’s most controversial mammal could be the next sustainable food 
 
On Canada’s remote and beautiful Magdalen Islands, everyday life is the typical 21st century mash-up of the global and the traditional. Part of the Madelinots tradition is the consumption of seal meat, an action misunderstood and maligned by mainlanders and the rest of the world despite the fact that the grey seals are not endangered, and their wild existence makes them an excellent hormone-free, healthful meat. In many ways, they are the ultimate farm-to-table food. On the eve of the WTO decision on the seal-hunt ban, Star food writer Michele Henry travels to the Magdalens to give us a fascinating, first-hand perspective on a unique Canadian cultural tradition.

A National Newspaper Award-nominated investigative reporter, food writer and mother of two small children, Michele Henry is equally at home at a homicide crime scene, in front of a flaming gas stove and at an indoor jungle gym. She has written prolifically since joining the Star in 2005 about crime, pregnancy, as a Star blogger while on two maternity leaves, and an investigative reporter where she tackled issues such as insurance fraud and illegal dentists. Michele was nominated for a national newspaper award for a series about how police are above the law. Now, as a food reporter, Michele has cooked with celebrity chefs such as Nigella Lawson, and covered a range of issues — such as what it means to keep kosher. She loves digging into controversial issues.
 

 

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