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Table 9 People’s responses and explanations that guide WEP consumption in the area

From: Why they eat, what they eat: patterns of wild edible plants consumption in a tribal area of Western Himalaya

Motivation category Motivation explanation Trend Example Total Percentage
Environmental 1. It is abundantly and easily available Continue They are in large quantity 42 3.13
2. It is scare due to changing environment Decline They are few because of low/high rainfall 70 5.22
3. Difficult to access Decline Grows at high altitude 42 3.13
Economic 4. It is free of cost Continue We do not pay for it 31 2.31
5. Now not available in the local market Decline It is sold out of local market 7 0.52
Sociocultural 6. Lovely aroma and flavor Continue I love it 45 3.36
7. Good and yummy taste Continue It is so tasty 490 36.54
8. Local food Continue It is a food of our area 4 0.30
9. Traditional culture Continue It is in our tradition 21 1.57
10. Healthy nature Continue It is good for our health 43 3.21
11. Having medicinal properties Continue It is good for stomach 47 3.50
12. It is eaten for the sake of interest Continue I am interested in eating it 20 1.49
13. Tasteless and bad aroma Decline I do not love it 5 0.37
14. Lack of knowledge about plant Decline I do not have much knowledge about the plant 71 5.29
15. Market availability Decline It is replaced by market goods 22 1.64
16. Culture and lifestyle changes Decline Our diets have changed 222 16.55
17. Restrictions for eating Decline It is unhealthy 5 0.37
18. Large time is needed to collect it/waste of time Decline I do no collect it 43 3.21
19. Good and yummy taste Increase It is tasty 25 1.86
20. Culture and lifestyle changes Increase I am interested in eating it 39 2.91
21. Healthy nature Increase It is good for health 1 0.07
22. Having medicinal properties Increase It is good for stomach 4 0.30
Agriculture and land use changes 23. Changes in agricultural activities Decline Changed agricultural practices reduce availability of WEP 5 0.37
Human-wildlife conflict 24. Animal destruction Decline Monkey destroy them 32 2.39
25. Human disturbance Decline Forest destruction by humans 5 0.37
Total     1341 100