010 The Honey Hunters of the Nilgiris with Mathew John, Last Forest Enterprise
01.21.2021 - By The Elephant in the Room
He is a pioneer championing the honey hunters from the Kurumba and other tribes in the Nilgiri Biosphere in the Western ghats for the last decade. Mathew John, Managing Director of Last Forest Enterprise is helping protect indigenous communities who have been sustainably harvesting honey for thousands of years from honey cliffs and bee nesting trees. As a social enterprise its success is embedded in its ability to bring together the triad of good development: conservation, livelihoods and enterprise. When I read about the honey hunters and Last Forest in @30Stades I was fascinated with their thousand year living traditions and practices. So when Mathew agreed to be a guest on The Elephant in the Room podcast, I was beyond thrilled.
In this episode Mathew talks about backpacking for a year in his quest towards finding the perfect honey