Poking through your fridge for a snack doesn’t quite count as hunting for food. Not too many of us actually kill what we eat or farm fruits and vegetables, but there are a few online tools that’ll help people see where they’re food is coming from. Here are just a few examples of food-tracking projects that could bring some aspects of farming closer to home.
- Keeping track of nearly every aspect of a pig’s life and “afterlife” seems like a huge project, but the pork industry is starting to collect data on where your sausage and pork chops grew up. Who needs to play Farmville when there’ll be real-time systems keeping track of actual farm animals that you can eat in real life…? [url]
- Chicken trackers have been available for a few years now, allowing people to easily see where their poultry came from. Stalking your chicken could make it more appetizing. [url]
- The US Department of Agriculture has an online mapping tool for finding “food deserts” — not desserts — where there is limited availability of healthy foods. This online map doesn’t show where there isn’t any pizza delivery service, but maybe it should so it gets more traffic. [url]
- To discover more food-related links, check out what’s floating around in StumbleUpon. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.