‘Falling Fruit’ Map Helps Foragers Find Their Next Free Meal

The ways we get our food these days sure have changed a lot, with technology dramatically affecting the way we catch or grow our next meal.

So isn’t it about time foraging was changed too?

An interactive crowd-sourced map called Falling Fruit allows urban foragers to map out and review locations around the world where the public can find free fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in their area.

There are also listings for free markets and dumpsters that potentially contain edibles — 2,181 dumpsters, to be exact.

The volunteer-run nonprofit, based out of Boulder, Colorado, currently boasts 1,317 different types of edibles in more than 790,443 locations.

The U.S. easily has the most posts, with 465,000 locations flagged on the west coast — most being in southern California and Washington state — and 310,000 in the Northeast.

Outside the U.S., western Europe has the second most locations with 12,000 listings, followed by 2,000 in Australia, 115 off Africa’s south-east coast, 93 in northern Argentina, 79 in Thailand and 18 in Finland.

“Some of the best mangoes in Panama!” one review for a mango tree along the Panama Canal reads.

A review for a mango tree on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean reads: “The tree is right beside the road, mangos on the floor. Watch out for the ants, they really bite!”

According to the website’s public database, the most common plants listed are honey locust trees, followed by small-leaved linden, sugar maple, cherry plum and ginkgo trees.

There are also more recognizable food items listed, like apples, pears, cherries, olives, pecans, and even places to find fish.

The website, which launched in 2013, states that its goal is to offer “not just a free lunch” but to “facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods.”

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Wisdom, World’s Oldest Known Seabird, Has Been Spotted Again

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the Laysan Albatross named Wisdom was spotted at the remote island on Nov. 19.

An ornithologist first put an identification band on Wisdom in 1956. She’s estimated to be at least 64 years old, but she could be older.

Laysan albatrosses typically mate for life, but Wisdom has likely had more than one mate. She has raised as many as 36 chicks.

Breeding albatrosses and their mates will often spend about six months rearing and feeding their young. They forage hundreds of miles out at sea for squid or flying fish eggs.

Midway Atoll is about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. It’s part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

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