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Food transparency by tech

As a follow-up on the post #youarewhatyoueat, I have researched companies who are using the latest tech advancements, to help make the food you eat everyday, more transparent. How? Here is a shortlist of four great companies!

First we have Edamam. Edamam organizes the world’s food knowledge and provides nutrition data services and value-added solutions to health, wellness and food businesses. Using a proprietary semantic technology platform, it delivers real-time nutrition analysis and diet recommendations via APIs. Edamam’s technology could help us in the question: “What should I eat?”

Edamam’s partners and clients include Nestle, Samsung, AARP, The Food Network, The New York Times, and Epicurious.

The Edamam app


Second on the list is IdentiGEN. This Dublin based company has secured €1.8m in funding to industrialise the use of DNA profiling in food labelling. Awesome right! It is very different from other traceability methods, as it traces the DNA in meat and fish – not apllying barcodes, RFID tags, or paper records – to verify the exact origin of the meat. Which would be fantastic to have, if it could be a standard method,  and applied on across the industry. This would really be a step in the right direction!

Essentially using nature’s barcode.

Third, is How Good. This is not a product company, but a company that gathers data from many different sources. How Good offers a holistic view into the primary drivers of product sustainability, by gathering data from 350+ independent sources, like certifications bodies, governments etc. By evaluating key data sources, they are trying to build the most extensive data library on product sustainability. We encourage you to try it out, as this is a path to a more transparent food system.

The How Good app

Last but not least is Tellspec. Tellspec want to deliver food transparency to every consumer, with their portable food analysis scanner. Of course, their target market is B2B, but those of you who really want to be sure, of the contents and ingredients in your food, this is a tool for you!  By using reflective near-infrared spectroscopy, you can test the quality, ripeness, and flavour of fresh fruit. Or test for adulteration with melamine in powdered baby formula. Or just know how much sugar there is in your favorite cookies. Maybe you don´t want to know that.

The Tellspec app and scanner in action

I really love these guys and girls, that are pushing the boundaries for food transparency, one way or the other. So go check them out, and please reach out if you know a company, or work at one.

Thanks for reading, and I´ll leave you with a bonus.

If you, as me, open the fridge every day, and don’t know what to plash together, check out Plant Jammer. It is a food pairing app that, based on what you have in your fridge, can suggest great veggie recipes. What’s not to love! Check it out in your app store.

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

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