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How Toxic Is Traditional Bush Tucker in the Alps?

moths with popcorn

Popcorn with Bogong moths (pop-moth) is hardly a “traditional” bush tucker recipe, but is it contaminated with arsenic?

By Susan Lawler & Pettina Love

Bogong moths are not only traditional bush tucker for indigenous people, but they are also important food for many alpine species. But does the discovery that they contain elevated levels of arsenic pose any real dangers to indigenous people or the high country ecosystem?

Susan Lawler is Head of the Department of Environmental Management and Ecology at La Trobe University’s Wodonga campus, and supervised PhD student Pettina Love, a member of the Bundjalung Nation, in this research.

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