Share Your Leftovers To Fight Food Waste – There’s an App For That

by Rachel Baker on July 31, 2014

This app has the possibility of being pretty great. There are some health concern issues, but if done right with enough self-regulating via the user base, food waste may decrease in the US.

In the developed world, most of us buy much more food than we can eat. Or that we should eat – just think, more than one-third of Americans are considered to be obese. A lot of stuff gets thrown away: according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Counciil, 40% of the food produced in the U.S. is lost in the journey from farm to fork to landfill. In Europe, a number of Web services and platforms, the most famous of which being FoodSharing.de (more than 43,000 subscribers only in Germany), are trying to tackle the food waste issue.

In the United States, farmers can use Cropmobster or Food Cowboy to route surplus food to foodbanks and charities. Consumers can use a smartphone application launched last Autumn by two guys from Seattle, Dan Newman and Bryan Summersett, called LeftOverSwap. The app works only for iOS – an Android version is underway – and it’s pretty straightforward to use. Those interested in sharing their leftovers just need to take a picture of them, fill in a title and description and post the results with the app for other users to see.

This App Wants You To Share Your Leftovers To Fight Food Waste

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