The 5 Best CSR and Sustainability Smartphone Apps

Quick post today to share a handful of great apps I’ve recently found.  Then, back to the mountain of homework.

The proliferation of smart phone apps has finally moved into the social sector.  A handful of leaders have deployed apps to efficiently share the information they already offer.  This will be a great tool for transparency going forward.  Apps will offer the public the information they need, at the point of purchase, to make choices that fit with their values.  In the future, voting with your feet may become voting with your phone.  We’ll see…

FYI – The apps listed below are for Android phones, but they’re likely available for iPhones as well.  (Each of the images below is linked back to the app’s Android Market page.)

1. Seafood Watch

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s app is a must have.  It’s highly usable, slick interface makes it easy to make sustainable seafood purchase decisions.  You can search the general database by class (Best Choice, Good AlternativeAvoid or Browse all) as well as options for sushi (Same categories).  It also has an option which allows you to search for local restaurants and seafood shops in which you can see what others have reported while adding your own findings.  If sustainable seafood matters to you (I assure you it should.), you need this app!

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Can You Eat Your Way to Carbon Neutrality?

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If you know me, you know I love food, so when I had the chance to write a term paper recommending actions which would counteract the climate changing effects of greenhouse gases it was an easy choice.  Many of you (Are there many of you?) are probably rolling your eyes now.  I know, I know, it’s an energy thing, right?  Fair enough, but an awful lot of energy goes into the production and transportation of food, so maybe the idea isn’t so far-fetched.

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Genetically Modified Salmon – On Its Way To a Stream Near You!

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Who dares question the industrial food system over GM salmon? | Dan Kennedy | Comment is free |

The following is an excerpt from Dan Kennedy’s article:

According to a report in the New York Times, FDA scientists found that the altered fish, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, based in the Boston area, were unlikely to escape into the environment and cross-breed with native schools of Atlantic salmon. The agency also found that even though the genetically altered salmon carry elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a suspected carcinogen, those levels are so minute that they pose no health risk.”

FDA Approves Genetically Modified (GM) Salmon

So, they’re not saying it wouldn’t be bad for these fish to get into the wild.  They’re just saying that it would be unlikely for it to happen. What could go wrong?  Well, I guess we could get a repeat of the flooding that started the Asian carp issues we now have.  Aside from the unusual, but not unlikely event of two bodies of water being temporarily joined together in an unintended way, there’s nothing else that could cause this to happen. Unless you believe the wholly preposterous notion that a fish farm employee might decide that it would be pretty sweet if these monsters were available in the river where they like to fish.  Inconceivable!  Eggs could be unintentionally distributed in streams. (And on, and on…) Or maybe I just watched Jurassic Park one too many times.  It’s your call. Continue reading