When I was writing my book, foraging was one of the methods I used to try to reduce my reliance on supermarkets, since I’m uncomfortable with the amount of control these companies have over what we eat and our food supply chains. I personally think that using what’s on our doorstep instead of letting it go to waste – instead of getting all our food from imported sources – is important.
So I’m really pleased that a new open-source foraging map has just launched in the UK. It’s not the first of its kind, but it’s the first effort to bring together data from all over the world, and the creators also have ambitions for it to be much more than a simple map.
I’ve written a piece for The Ecologist about it – read it here: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/2142102/falling_fruit_a_global_collaborative_foraging_map.html