Foraging in the Modern World

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is what all the old gaffers used to say. The trick to this is finding the tree which bears the delicious fruit. While this saying applies to a whole host of generalized concepts, I’m speaking literally about finding that fallen apple and eating it.

Foraging is finding food and eating it. It is a simple concept which can be metaphorically extrapolated into all areas of human existence. When we need something, we go and find it. Whether we are searching for nuggets of gold, information, or delicious legumes, there are many tricks of the trade that transform mere scavenging into the art of foraging.

The beauties of foraging lie all around you. In parks, forests, gardens, run down abandoned lots, and even your own back yard you can find edibles to fill your belly with. Are you confused about where to start? Well aside from going outside and looking-with those eyeball things attached to your brain, there are many resources available for all levels of foragers. aims to map out all of the foods. In their about section:

Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on a map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.

Mmmm… connecting with the botanical origins of food. Foraging cuts out the middles. The only processing that takes place is inside your, uh, insides and it is a great way to spend time with your friends, kids, enemies, and political representatives.

Some cities are taking foraging very seriously. The City of Seattle is turning an overgrown lot into a foraging park for locals. Beacon Food Forest will include apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and whatever else they decide to grow. This is really amazing in a world where everybody is vying for a power increase. It isn’t every day you see a major city actually giving back to its constituents.

Freeganism is foraging applied to the corporate environment. As more radical cousin, freeganism aims to spread awareness:

In the globalized system dominated by a relative handful of corporations, vital resources like food and housing are wasted while the needs of hundreds of millions go unmet. All manner of consumer commodities are produced cheaply, offered for sale at high prices, and often discarded unsold by corporations that dismiss the waste as a cost of doing business. These corporations promote disposable goods over reusable ones, design rapidly obsolete products, and ensure that repair is more expensive than replacement. Enormous volumes of still-usable goods go to landfills that poison the exurban communities pressed into hosting them, with a disproportionate impact on the poor and disenfranchised. Freegans put this waste to practical use by keeping it out of the waste stream.

The main method utilized by freegans is commonly referred to as dumpster diving. This is no ordinary dumpster diving. Freegans clean out the dumpsters of grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, and many other businesses. A lot of the time companies discard “waste” purely because of expiration dates. These dates do not necessarily mean that the food is bad. What they do imply is that you should precede with caution before consuming. As many of us have likely preformed the smell-the-milk-before-drinking-because-it-expired-three-days-ago-but-I’d-rather-not-buy-a-new-carton-just-yet test, we all have a bit of freeganism in our veins.

So there are many ways to go about finding a no-cost meal. Foraging for food is a wonderful activity that inspires community, nutritional education, and even some radical political movements. Forage on!

Stay tuned, in the next few weeks I’ll have a follow-up with photos and information on food that I’ve foraged!




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Bubble Boy Eat Your Heart Out: Bubble Dome Camping and Living


Have you ever gotten the question, “Do you live in a bubble?” That phrase has always frustrated me personally since it implies that I have no knowledge of topics or of the outside world, but now I fear it NOT!

BubbleTree has developed bubble tents, tree houses, lodges and huts which allow campers and nature enthusiasts alike to enjoy views from the inside of a transparent dome. Similar in design to the containment laboratory used in the new blockbuster film Thor, the spheres have an air renewal system that will keep the user comfortable and full of oxygen while they go about their daily indoor activities.

The very intelligent design of the bubble tent helps reduce noises of the outside world, allowing for the user to get a good night’s sleep, even if the bubble is set up next to roaring waves on a beach front. The inside however is created in such a shape that it will actually amplify noises through echoes, passionate lovers beware. BubbleTree talks about the technique and thought behind theses bubble creations:

Designed by Pierre Stephane Dumas, this approach is based on the following basis: Minimum energy, minimum materials, maximum comfort, and maximum interaction with the environment.

Want a life-sized snow globe? No problem. A 2 room suite with a bathroom while you bird-watch? They have you covered. Bringing your kids along? That bathroom is now a kids room instead. Silly, is it not? Check out some of these fancy French examples of ways these crafty bubble tents can be used! You may be even tempted to use your bubble hut in creative ways at a concert.

My question is when are they going to make these bad boys hover around and provide us consumers with a view of cities and landscapes, maybe with the use of propellers.. oh right, helicopters.

So the next time someone asks you if you live in a bubble, burst THEIR bubble and respond why yes, and the view is extraordinary. Bubble boy eat your heart out.



A Product That Will Turn You Into a Tree After Death

Currently there are many designers attempting to find new ways to make our deaths more eco-friendly.  Gerard Moline has developed the Bios Urn.

The Bios Urn  allows people to use their ashes to germinate a seed of their choice.  The urn itself is completely biodegradable and is made of coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose.

It’s time to get to the root of the issue and leave behind forests rather than engrave rocks.

Bios Urn Will Turn You Into a Tree After Death

bios urn makes me cool oak tree

The bios urn awaits planting!


The Bios Urn  allows people to use their cremated ashes to germinate a tree seed of their choice.  The urn itself is completely biodegradable and is made of coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. Gerard Moline has developed the Bios Urn, but is just one of many designers currently attempting to find new ways to make our deaths more eco-friendly.

There is a turn in the way people are approaching life. There is a thriving community looking to live their lives in more ecologically sustainable ways and more and more people are looking to go into the afterlife in the same fashion. Traditional cemetery burial is highly unsustainable. The New York Times states that an

Another  issue contributing to the unsustainability of traditional cemetery burial is its environmental impact. The resources that go into the ground every year associated with a typical cemetery burial translate into: enough wood to frame over 2,300 single-family homes; sufficient steel to erect almost 15 Eiffel Towers; nearly four times as much concrete as was used to build the Pentagon; and a volume of embalming fluid that would overflow an Olympic swimming pool.

In 2012 the US Cremation rate was 43.2% according to the National Funeral Directors Association; raised from only 17% in 1990. Cremation is not only cheaper but also a much more viable option for an eco-friendly alternative with a product such as the Bios Urn. However, the Bios Urn isn’t the only option for those in the market for an alternative choice. There are many emerging options for creative, eco-friendly ways to deal with the remains of a loved one after death. mentions options ranging from chemical-free, short-term body preservation to completely biodegradable caskets and urns.

It’s time to get to the root of the issue and leave behind forests rather than engraved rocks. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these lovely Bios Urns you can do so at the Funeraire website, and maybe even pick up some cremation jewelry while you’re at it…

What tree do you want to become after death?



Big Think: This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die

Gerard Moline

NYT- A Lifetime After the Baby Boom, a Burial Boom

NFDA- Trends and Statistics

NYT- In Tough Times, a Boom in Cremations as a Way to Save Money

Funeraire The Sustainability of Death

Mystery of Death Solved: DMT is the Key

USA Today- Market Weak for Selling Cemetery Plots

Wood Pulp is Changing the World

Wood pulp and dead twigs are being used to create nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), an organic material stronger than cast iron that the wold is calling the new wonder material.   It is being used to create electronic displays, computer parts, and even body armor.

NCC is 8 times stronger than stainless steel and a fraction of the price.

Jeff Youngblood from Purdue University’s NanoForestry Institute explains that “”the beauty of this material is that it is so abundant we don’t have to make it.  We don’t even have to use entire trees; nanocellulose is only 200 nanometres long. If we wanted we could use twigs and branches or even sawdust. We are turning waste into gold.”

The new material is also harmless to the human body.

Goodbye chemicals, hello clean Earth.