May 4, 2010
Trying to find humane food at your local grocery store or restaurant? There’s an app for that.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched its first-ever iPhone application, Eat Humane Food Guide. The first-of-its kind, free app makes it quick and easy for consumers to find products from humanely-raised animals at grocery stores and restaurants.
Most food found in U.S. supermarkets and served in restaurants comes from animals who were raised under intensive confinement on large, factory-style farms, which causes extreme animal suffering and has been linked to a broad range of human health and environmental problems. Studies have shown that products from animals who were humanely treated - not given hormones or unnecessary antibiotics, not continuously confined and allowed to engage in natural behaviors - are better for human health and the environment. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has said that factory-farmed livestock account for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all transport combined.
With a few quick taps, Eat Humane app users can easily search comprehensive WSPA databases to find humane, animal-friendly foods:
Search by grocery store: Users can select a specific grocery store and the app will display all animal-friendly foods offered in that store. They can then tap through to each product, which is ranked by the WSPA humane food classification system - “Good,” “Better” or “Best ” - making it easier for users to understand labels while shopping and identify foods that come from humanely-raised animals. Links to product images are also provided for even faster decision-making while shopping.
Search by restaurant: Users can search by restaurant to see which places offer humane food options on the menu. The tool lists restaurants by city and links to pages that list each restaurant’s humane menu options, contact information and other relevant information.