There are plenty of apps out there helping restaurant go-ers decide which establishments they should choose and why. These apps help provide information such as calories in the dishes served, comparative prices of dishes, reviews from other patrons, or which restaurants fit into a specific diet or health plan. However, there is currently a void in information about where meat is sourced in restaurants and the welfare of livestock.
A non-profit based in San Diego called America for Animals is working to fill this void by developing a new app called the Humane Eating Project. This application will identify restaurants using humanely-raised foods and/or serving vegan/vegetarian options. It will also map these restaurants, provide reviews, and indicate whether or not the restaurant is sourcing from a third-party humane-certified farm. Third party certification organizations may include Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Certified Humane, and Animal Welfare Approved (AWA). In the future, the developers would like to expand the application to map which grocery stores provide humanely sourced foods as well. Because the app is solely focused on animal welfare, they will not include other factors such as free-range or grass-fed. To encourage use of the app, it will be free both for users as well as restaurants, and available first on Apple iOS products followed by other platforms such as Android and Blackberry.
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