Urban Foraging

For the last year, myself and Dr. L. Jen Shaffer (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland) have been working on a meta-analysis of urban foraging using Google Trends to evaluate how people are acquiring foraging knowledge.

The aim of this project is to better understand how people are acquiring and transferring information about foraging during a digital age. Urban foraging has been relatively under-researched, but a better understanding of how, when, and why people are searching for plants could be applied in a variety of ways across a variety of disciplines.

Researching urban foraging practices, in general, is important because it is a practice that encompasses health/nutrition, education, social interaction, urban development, and sustainability.

This research is currently being written and will be submitted to The Journal of Urban Ecology for publication. Once published, it will be linked here.