Sources are marked as unverified if their identity, location, or existence is disputed. Many sources imported from tree inventories are marked as unverified because their edibility is uncertain (for example, "Pear" could be either an edible or decorative variety). Users are encouraged to travel to these locations and report their findings.
We enforce a taxonomy of edible types to keep the map organized and searchable. Novel types submitted by users are highlighted as pending until they are either approved as a new type or merged with an existing type in the taxonomy. In rare instances when the submission is either too random or vague to warrant its own type, it persists on the map in an unapproved state.
Falling Fruit is a massive, collaborative map of the urban harvest. Uniting the efforts of foragers, foresters, and freegans everywhere, the map already points to over a half million food-producing locations around the world (from plants and fungi to water wells and dumpsters). Our rapidly growing user community is actively exploring, editing, and adding to the map.
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In addition to our efforts mapping the edible plants growing in cities, we've set out to map the world's food-bearing dumpsters. Nearly 50% of all food produced in the developed world is never eaten. We're hoping to raise awareness around this issue, facilitate the liberation of discarded food, and encourage businesses to donate the food instead.
In support of a lower-waste lifestyle, we are encouraging the mapping of all locations (from dumpsters to free boxes) with discarded but useful goods, whether edible or otherwise.
Tree inventories are compiled by institutions seeking to better document and care for their trees. These data are typically collected by trained arborists and are both detailed and exhaustive. We carefully pick out edible species from these inventories and add them to the map for you. You can help us map your neighborhood by asking your city or university if a tree inventory exists and whether it can be shared with Falling Fruit.