Every morning, when you wake up, do you open your eyes, you yawn, and as you stretch, think "Aaaaah.... it feels so good to wake up as an apex predator on this planet! I am so lucky I get to eat everything I want, be at the top of the food web and play this amazing and crucial role in the health of my ecosystem." ?? Do you?
Yeah... didn't think so. Me neither, at least not fully. Until last month. And the second question I ask myself is:
What if every action I took everyday was informed by this one realization? What if every step I took daily helped:
What if everyday, each of us were more Lion? More Jaguar? More Whale? More Anaconda? More Bear? More Wolf? More Wolverine? More Shark?
WE ARE PART OF A FOOD WEB AND WE DON'T LIVE EVERYDAY OF OUR LIVES LIKE WE ARE. (IF YOU CONSCIOUSLY WAKE UP LIKE THIS DAILY, LET ME KNOW, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK.)
An apex predator, also known as an alpha predator, or top predator, is a predator residing at the top of a food chain on which no other creatures predate.
Apex predators are usually defined in terms of trophic dynamics, meaning that apex-predator species occupy the highest trophic level or levels and play a crucial role in maintaining the health of their ecosystems.
Since last August I have been shooting the pilot for a new series on deliciousnessand sustainability with this specific focus: To communicate the epic stories of how we reconnect with Nature and the crucial role that we play in the health of our ecosystems.
We are Nature, everything that we ever received in our lifetime came from Nature and Nature will digest our bodies once we die.
And as humans, we transform Nature around us faster and more massively than any other critter on Earth.
How do we keep this amazing, epic journey going for ourselves and future generations?
How do we pass on the fire of deliciousness, purpose and balance with Nature?
How do we creatively tackle the challenges and opportunities we are presented with when we reconnect with Nature's cycles??
How do we keep it delicious?
THIS IS WHAT I EXPLORE IN WILD + DELICIOUS
EPIC STORIES OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO GROW FOOD, COOK FOOD, MAINTAIN TRADITIONS AND ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE, DELICIOUS AND ENERGIZING LIFESTYLES. FROM HIGH-END CUISINE TO TRADITIONAL RECIPES AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES LIVING HARMONIOUSLY WITH THE FOREST AROUND THEM.
To me, cooking is as if (or exactly like) we are mirroring nature: we cook, chop, steam, heat, transform, pre-digest, ingest and digest. We transform reality, we transform ourselves and our body in the process.
That is what the forest, the ocean and the landscape do. Nature sprouts, grows, blooms, falls, cooks, digests, and creates new life again. That's called an ecosystem and it cycles nutrients. We are part of that nutrient cycle. When we are alive as a transforming player in the cycle, when we die well, as organic matter to be cycled to create more living matter.
NOT BECAUSE I DO WHAT I WANT. I FEEL LIKE AN APEX PREDATOR BECAUSE EVERY MORNING, WHEN I WAKE UP, I KNOW THAT EVERY DECISION I WILL MAKE TODAY HAS A CRUCIAL IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF MY HOME PLANET.
BEING MORE APEX PREDATOR IS ABOUT WHAT WE DO, HOW WE TRANSFORM EVERYTHING AROUND US SO MASSIVELY. WAKING UP WITH THAT AWARENESS, THAT WE PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE HEALTH OF OUR ECOSYSTEM...
WHAT IF 7 BILLION OF US WOKE UP WITH THAT DRIVE?
I can't get enough of this video on how Wolves Shape Rivers which tells a clear picture of how much Apex Predators actually shape their food web AND the geography around them. That is called a Trophic Cascade.