How to Dodge the GMO Gauntlet: There’s an App for that

No matter where you look these days, there seems to be an app available to make life easier, sell you something, or just something fun.  It seems that people are full of ideas on what we need to know and how it should be presented to us, but the mark is hit more rarely than it is missed.  With the two apps we’ll be taking a look at here, they are definitely more of a hit than a miss.

With all the controversy surrounding GMO foods, the smartphone is probably one of the best, and most expected, places to find information regarding what we are putting into our bodies.  After all, you can’t have too much information when it comes to your health.  Sometimes it can become daunting to sift through the myriad of what is available, but if you are like me, and you are really interested in your health and what this fascinating machine we call our bodies is running on, then you will definitely appreciate the two apps that I have had the pleasure of reviewing.

First we have Buycott.  Buycott is an app that is centered around a community where you have campaigns that you join.  In joining these campaigns you show your support for their efforts to change the course of their subject matter.  Be it GMO foods, or the labeling thereof, or any other grassroots efforts for We the People to control our lives.  It’s a great app that seems to be a catchall for all those humanitarian efforts out there that need to be able to communicate with the masses.  I highly recommend that you install this app and check it out.  It is currently available on the Android

Marketplace as the Buycott app.

The next app has us here at The Daily Digest really excited.  The app?  Fooducate.  Although there

Fooducate App

Fooducate App

is a paid version, the version that we tested is the one that is free.  Fooducate has a really nice interface that allows you to scan the barcode of whatever product you are looking at, and Fooducate look that product up in their database for information pertinent to that product.

For instance, when we head out to Trader Joe’s for our weekly resupply, we do so being conscience of how healthy the food is that we are buying and how safe it is.  With Fooducate we have a vast database of information at our fingertips.  Information that not only comes from the app itself, but from user input and reviews.  When I scan my favorite chips, chips that I should NOT be eating, it comes up with information telling me that there is a “High Probability” it contains GMO.  It also gives me an option to sign a petition for no artificial colors.  How cool is that??  Fooducate also grades the product you scan to let you know how it stacks up against its claims.  You are also told about the fat and cholesterol content, along with a host of other interesting information.  Fooducate is available for both the Android and iPhone platforms.

As of this writing, there are several other apps out there that are available to keep you the consumer, informed.  At this point I would have to say that Fooducate is my favorite.  Congratulations to the folks over at Fooducate.com for creating a great app to help the rest of us stay informed on the dangers of GMO foods and the Monsanto monster.  Every little bit helps!