I had an idea this morning, what if there was an app that allowed users to tag edibles they have around them, either on their property or in a natural setting, and also allowed other users to view and locate those edibles. I did a quick google search and saw an idea website where this same idea was posted, but nothing further.
I found a similar app (Link to app) that allows for identification and gives recipes but doesn't have the sharing element. It also costs money, my vision is for something that is free to all. Has anyone seen an app that does what I described in the first sentence?
Does anyone think this would be a good idea? What about private property? What about improper identification that could potentially lead to poisoning?
My gut reaction is that such an app would probably lead to the over-harvesting of anything that had its location shared. The reason wildcrafting works on a continuous basis is that foragers are typically scattered throughout the landscape, and an ethical forager will not strip an area bare, but leave some plants to reproduce. That happens easily enough when one or two people randomly find a given patch of plants, but if 20 people try to harvest from the same little patch of wild onions...? And, yes, I think improper ID could also be an issue, especially if the app only uses pictures without a written description. Many of the identifying characteristics used to key out plants from poisonous look-alikes aren't readily apparent from photos.
I think a free version of the other app would be very useful.
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posted 5 years ago
I have to agree that it would probably lead to overharvesting. Humans aren't known to have much restraint when it comes to the commons eh?