Gallery: “Living Goods” Barcode App Makes Buying Local a Breeze

 

How many miles did your lunch travel to get to your plate? Even if we eat organic and fresh, most of us don’t know the origin of our produce, meats and dairy, and we often fail to realize that our food probably spends more hours in transit than we do getting to work. One of 18 Greener Gadgets finalists, the AUG/Living Goods Program is a conceptual mobile phone app that scans product barcodes and then instantly gives the low-down on the producer, how far the food has come, if the product is in season, historical pricing, detailed consumer ratings and your own purchasing history.

The AUG/Living Goods Program aims to promote the localization of “live foods” via a barcode-accessible “Producers” directory. One of its primary goals is to show consumers their local impact every time they make a purchase. Connection is a snap, since consumers can receive all the pertinent info via a smart phone or even through SMS.

The benefits are clear: buying local food reduces our carbon footprint, ensures higher nutritional values, and re-infuses money back into the local economy. Moreover, for the farmer, partaking in the program allows them to market their farming methods (e.g. no pesticides, specialization in certain veggies, etc.) and develop stronger relationships with their distributors and most importantly their consumers.

Providing access to local farm information, the distance goods have traveled, nutritional values, and historic pricing also stands to empower the consumer, allowing them to make much more informed decisions about one of the most essential components of daily life.

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4 Comments

  1. Air Conditioning Plano ... December 3, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I don’t typically say this, although this write-up is outstanding. I have been searching Yahoo and google all day for a respectable post on the toxic dump of repeated and thieved content that the Net has grow to be and then I finally arrive to this, this site is the breath of refreshing air that I needed this morning.

  2. paula B July 5, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Hi there, when is Living Aps available to general public and where do they source their information from?
    Many thanks

  3. Yasmin Laupus March 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Living Goods barcode is so fundamental to making good choices about what we buy and what we eat and more. It will bring consumers closer to producers and brings us back to feeling connected and closer to earth.This kind of information will eventually empower both producers and consumers.

  4. AJA March 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    The food industry will try to make scanning the barcode illegal. They don’t want you to know where your food comes from or how far.

    Anyway, I hope this catches on BIG. I mean, who doesn’t have an iphone?

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