There are 23 apps for that

Food-centric apps for health-conscious eaters

Thank you to the mystery artist who painted this lovely rock and deposited it in the flower bed outside the CN&R’s front door.

Thank you to the mystery artist who painted this lovely rock and deposited it in the flower bed outside the CN&R’s front door.

Photo By christine g.k. lapado-breglia

Apps for mindful eaters
Frequent CN&R contributor Claire Hutkins Seda sent me an email apprising me of a useful article at titled “23 Mobile Apps Changing the Food System,” which lists (as its headline promises) 23 smartphone apps aimed at “helping eaters, producers, advocates and activists lead less wasteful and more environmentally sustainable, healthy and delicious lives,” as the article puts it. Here are some of the free ones:

Locavore ( Info on local foods in season and closest farmers’ markets providing them.

Food Community ( Find local restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, organic and locally grown foods.

Mother Earth News Library ( Mother Earth News magazine’s digital library of useful articles, such as “How to Can” and the Garden Insects Guide.

Seafood Watch ( Monterey Bay Aquarium’s app helps one make sustainable-seafood choices when dining out and shopping for seafood.

Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide ( A list of products enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification program, plus info on GMOs, including tips for avoiding them.

222 Million Tons ( This app got its name based on how much food is wasted globally every year (though, as the article points out, that number has risen—to 1.3 billion tons!). Its mission is to help people plan their food-purchasing and menu-planning so as to waste the least amount of food possible.

Go to to read the whole article.

State of Jefferson open house
Local State of Jefferson supporter Joanne Alden, who recently wrote a Guest Comment for this paper arguing for the secession of Butte County from the state of California (See “A case for Butte County seceding,” Oct. 3), sent me a press release announcing an open-to-the-public meeting on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Chico branch of the Butte County Library (1108 Sherman Ave.).

At the meeting, members of the Butte County State of Jefferson planning committee “will hand out information and collect signatures supporting the withdrawal of Butte County from California.” Discussion (including on secession efforts in other North State counties) and volunteer sign-ups will also be included in the evening’s activities.

“The purpose of the State of Jefferson movement is to lawfully divide California, as provided for in Article 4, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution, separating the North State from the laws and regulations that rule from Sacramento, and that mostly pertain to the urban metropolitan areas of the state,” the press release said.

Go to or call 520-4303 for more info.