December 22, 2014
This week’s On the Radio segment looks at a new app that looks to help consumers identify healthy and sustainable foods in the grocery aisle. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
A new mobile app aims to help consumers find the healthiest and most sustainably-grown foods at the grocery store.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
In October, the Environmental Working Group – a non-profit that advocates for environmental and public health issues – launched “Food Scores,” a food ratings database and mobile app. The database has rated more than 80,000 products using three criteria: nutrition such as caloric and fat content, ingredient concerns like hormones and antibiotics, and processing which includes the amount of artificial ingredients a product contains.
With the most emphasis placed on the food’s nutritional content and the least on processing, the app compiles these factors, then gives each product a rating between 1 and 10, with 1 being the healthiest and 10 the least nutritional foods.
The Environmental Working Group is headquartered in Washington D.C. and has a regional office in Ames, Iowa.
For more information about the mobile app and a link to the database, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerrry Schnoor.