Smart Phone Apps

Fooducate gmo iphone appHere are some free smart phone apps to help you identify GMO-free products when shopping.

Note: so far I’ve found no smart phone apps that address non-GMO sources for Canada (and I’ve been following this website for a while, hoping one might show up). If you know of one, please comment below.

The Center for Food Safety offers a True Food Shopper’s Guide for the iPhone and Android (search for “True Food” — it’s the app that has a “fist holding a fork” icon).

Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide gives you a handy list of all of the products that have received the Non-GMO Project Certification.

FooduCate allows you to scan a product bar code to identify GMOs and other potentially harmful ingredients.

NxtNutrio also allows you to scan a product bar code to identify GMOs and other potentially harmful ingredients, then they take it one step further, allowing you to set up a profile for healthy food, allergies, gluten and other food sensitivities, and even make a comment on a product.

BuyCott (versus boycott) allows you to scan barcodes to identify if a brand is one of the organic food companies that was in support California’s GMO labeling measure. It can also be used to boycott anti-GMO labeling companies if that’s your thing.

IPIIT the Food Ambassador (available for android and iphone) allows you to designate the ingredients you wish to avoid (including GMOs, specific food allergens, or other harmful ingredients), and scan the product’s bar code to find out if the product contains any of those ingredients. If it does, the app provides suggestions on better / alternative products. Better yet, the database of product recommendations keep growing as users contribute.

ShopNoGMO‘s app for the iPhone and iPad was on the “temporarily unavailable” list in 2013, but thanks to Jeffrey Smith of IRT, it’s been restored… and it’s FREE!

ChemicalMaze by Gridstone doesn’t focus on GMOs, but it does help you identify “dangerous food additives and cosmetics” and you can filter the source of the danger (including genetically modified ingredients). There is both a free and a paid version, with features depending on the price.

PLU and Bar Code Readers: don’t be fooled into thinking you can identify a genetically modified ingredient based on its PLU code (though there have been countless articles claiming this). YES there is a code, and YES the first number of the code does indeed signify the source of the item (whether organic, conventional, or GMO). However this system is entirely voluntary, and no GMO manufacturer has ever added it to their labeling.

Last but not least, you’ll find a few additional food-related apps reviewed in this article, including those that help you identify local/in-season edibles, forage for wild edibles, and avoid foods with pesticide residues.

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    • No idea. Here’s the latest update they posted, which still doesn’t indicate a launch date: “Yes. The economics weren’t going to work for our planned release around election time as the data services were too expensive. Things recently changed for the better, and now the economics work.”

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