Friday, July 15, 2016

Finding sustainable options, there's an app for that.

We live in a world where information is often just a click away. With the proliferation of smart phones and digital markets, you can find an app for just about anything. Here is a list of ten free apps for those interested in eating more healthful food, wasting less food, finding sustainable sources of food, or buying seasonally.

  1. Locavore
    Locavore helps consumers find out what local foods are in season, and locate the closest farmers markets selling them.
  2. HarvestMark Traceability
    The HarvestMark Traceability app allows users to trace their fresh food back to the farm that it came from–they can by scan any fruit or vegetable with the HarvestMark logo.
  3. Farmstand
    Use the Farmstand app to search for community farmers markets in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
  4. Food Community
    With the Food Community app, consumers can search and discover local vegan, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, locally-grown, and organic restaurants.
  5. NRDC Eat Local
    The Eat Local app helps locate nearby farmers markets, and provides seasonal recipes for the ingredients found there. Users can also submit and edit information for their local and favorite farmers markets in the Eat Local database.
  6. Seafood Watch
    The Seafood Watch app makes choosing sustainable seafood easier. It offers recommendations, along with information on optimal farming or fishing practices for sushi and seafood.
  7. ShopNoGMO
    The ShopNoGMO app provides information on the risks and science behind Genetically Modified Organisms, and how to avoid them at the grocery store.
  8. GoPure
    Search local restaurants with the GoPure app to find out about their sustainable practices and the quality of their food. Users can also suggest restaurants, add information, and get the inside scoop on sustainable foods at their favorite establishments.
  9. What’s On My Food?
    Use this app to identify chemicals found on foods commonly sold at the grocery store. Search the database to find out which pesticides are the most dangerous, and for a crash course on pesticides.
  10. Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide
    The Non-GMO Project offers an app that features a list of brands and products enrolled in the Project’s Product Verification Program. The app also includes tips on avoiding GMOs, and a list of GMO ingredients and crops.

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