Since 2012, Open Food Facts has been transforming food by making information transparent and actionable (consumer choices, scientific research, etc). With over 1,500,000 products already added and more than 50,000 monthly product changes, this work is a constant challenge. In 2021, we want to multiply our impacts, towards new horizons.
5 major transformative projects await us in 2021 and need your generosity. If each reader of this post gives $20, we will be able to fully carry out these 5 major projects.
1. Open Food Facts takes a big green turn
In 2021, Open Food Facts is doubling down on the environmental impact of food. Using new data (packaging, ADEME data, Envol Vert data), we are going to produce, for hundreds of thousands of products, two environmental impact indicators: the Eco-Score and the Forest Foodprint. A simple objective: to re-enact the success of Nutri-Score in the field of the environment.
Since 2015, OFF computes Nutri-Score, which was the 1st simplified way of understanding the nutrition impact of food on your health. It has been since adopted by France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and many countries are now considering adopting it to help citizens make better food choices. Five years after this, the impact of the Nutri-Score on food is tangible in real life, beyond the initial scientific paper of Pr. Hercberg: better choices for citizens and a strong incentive for producers. In our context of climate and environmental crisis, the challenge of environmental information must also be met!
2. Product research: my choices, my life
Many of you have told us they want to search, filter, classify, compare products according to YOUR search criteria - and without anyone knowing if you are vegan, diabetic or allergic to milk. Tired of being tracked: let's free up research, not our personal data!
Personal search that's the name of this feature, will allow you to use a large number of criteria - allergens, nutritional scores, environmental scores, etc. - to easily rank and filter the products you want, according to your terms. This feature was designed to fully respect your privacy: it works in your browser and not on our servers, so you are the only one to know your selection criteria.
3. New uses: personalized tags and labels for each product
We want to offer everyone the freedom to label each product. Bitter products, blue products, products that have been the subject of a recall, products which are dangerous for young children, products sold in vending machines, products which require a microwave oven, etc. Thousands of new uses are thus becoming possible.
Do you want to indicate the colors of the products for themed dinners or for an artistic approach? Want to collect all the products containing a cartoon character? Do you want to search for frozen products? Or is your teenager looking for noisy mouth-watering products for ASMR? Free tags allow you to add any information and share it with other enthusiasts.
4. Open Food Facts loves science !
For the past few years, Open Food Facts has grown into the database of reference for more than ten recognized scientific studies, and we regularly collaborate with several research teams. In 2021, we will double down: Open Food Facts will collaborate with the NutriNet-Santé project, one of the largest cohorts for nutritional studies worldwide.
On the one hand, this involves facilitating the entry of food data for the over 160,000 members of the cohort (in particular by scanning the food using the Open Food Facts API). On the other hand, we will enrich the data from NutriNet-Santé with those from Open Food Facts (ingredients, additives, nutritional composition, information on packaging, etc.), to provide scientists with an unparalleled granularity of information at this scale.
5. Open Food Facts answers you
Each week we receive dozens of emails with questions, comments, or thanks. Often in English, but also in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Hungarian ... in almost all the languages in which we are translated (several dozen!). "Open Food Facts answers you", is the possibility given to the advanced contributors of all the countries, to be able to answer in the language of the interlocutor, while keeping the private side of the correspondence.
Let's be honest, the small permanent team can no longer carry out this daily work, especially in languages that it does not master. By distributing the workload in this way, we give each email the possibility of getting a satisfactory answer quickly.
These 5 major projects are transformative and very impactful. We need your help to make them happen.
Thank you for your support,
Anca, Florence, Léonore, Marie, Sylvia, Charles, Christian, Ludovic, Pierre, Sébastien, Stéphane, Vincent and the whole Open Food Facts team.
We are very happy to announce that the Mozilla Foundation has awarded Open Food Facts $10,000 USD to fund work on the next version of the Open Food Facts app, through the Mozilla Open Source Support (or MOSS for short) seed award.
Earlier this year, Pierre Slamich, cofounder of Open Food Facts, participated in an open source speed dating event at FOSDEM, the largest European Open Source conference. We won the award after explaining our project for a new Open Food Facts app that’s both easier to use and more useful, to a panel of open source experts.
A great support to Open Source and Open Data
We would like to thank the Ford Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation and Open Collective for this great support to the Open Source and Free Software communities, and we are honored to be among impactful projects such as F-Droid (a privacy and user right focused app store, that keeps you in control thanks to open source software) or Cryptpad (an online collaborative office suite, that is zero-knowledge, meaning that you technically are the only person that can read your important documents).
How are we going to use these funds?
We are developing a new Flutter-based app focused on exploring new ways to use the Open Food Facts data, and on enabling new contributing experiences.
To that effect, Primaël Quémerais (who you may know if you have already used the openfoodfacts-dart plugin) has joined us full-time on April 1st, and will work throughout the next months to develop the new app.
The new technology should enable synchronized Android and iPhone releases, with the same exciting features. The initial core features of this new app will be:
Join the project!
- A simplified photo-based contribution experience. Contribute product photos instantly. No wait, even if the connection is spotty.
- Personalized product recommendations based on your food choices, and the best scientific evidence available.
- And of course, the core feature of Open Food Facts since 2012, our barcode scan, with a concise and scientific product evaluation.
All our work is open source, and everyone is welcome!
You can read the Project Smoothie coordination page on the Wiki
, and join the Open Food Facts slack discussion room, on the #smoothie canal
(click here to self-invite
Since 2012, the Open Food Facts app
makes it possible to scan food products, to decrypt their labels, and also to participate in the construction of the largest collaborative, free and open database on food products
. But in 7 years, the app had taken a bit of dust, so today we're very excited to introduce the new Open Food Facts apps for iPhone and Android
, and tell you how you can help us create an even more useful app with our crowdfunding campaign A better nutrition for a better health: let's mobilize!
What's new ?
- Continuous barcode scanning provides instant Nutri-Score and the NOVA group of ultra-processed products. You can now scan several products in a shopping aisle without having to click a button. The time saved is very appreciable when you shop!
- If a product does not exist yet in the database, it can be added in less than a minute to get Nutri-Score and NOVA. It's useful for you, and it's also useful for the millions of other people who use Open Food Facts or one of over 150 other applications that use our database. Many thanks to all of you who add or help complete products!
- The offline mode allows to scan products and get their Nutri-Score and NOVA group without an Internet connection . This is very convenient when you are in a store without network, and for all people who have a mobile plan without data (many among high school students). The offline mode is currently only available on iPhone.
- The app can scan several products and compare them side by side , to be able to choose when hesitating between a few products in a store.
- The app allows you to create lists and add products. This can be a shopping list, a list of what you eat, or lists to manage your stocked products (freezer, cellar, pantry etc.) and avoid waste. For now only on Android.
The iPhone and Android apps have been completely rewritten and are also more stable and faster.
Collaborative and open source development
Many volunteer developers from all over the world participated in the development of all these novelties (a big thank you in particular to Aurélien, Prajwal, Fred, Divyansh, Subhanjan, Shubham, Ross, Karl, Branden, Prashant, Roger, Arnaud, Rudrank, Andrès, Manogna, Saumia, Nasia, Qian, Raphael, Naofumi, Lizzy, Dionysis, Pierre ... and all the others!). Many features have been added to the Android app by Huzaifa who was able to work for 2 months developing the application, during the Google Summer of Code 2018. And thanks to a grant from Santé publique France (Public Health France)
and your donations on HelloAsso
, we were also able to hire for a few weeks Philippe, a freelance developer who helped us a lot in particular to develop and finalize the iPhone app.
Help us imagine and create an even more useful app!
The new Open Food Facts apps are available on the App Store and Google Play and are a big step forward from the previous version, but there's still a lot to do to make the app even more convenient and useful. .
It's in progress:
- Improve ergonomy so that the app is more intuitive.
- Make collecting photos and information on new products easier and faster.
- Fixing the bugs.
It's planned :
- Detection of products that are suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
- Offline mode on Android.
- Comparison of products on iPhone.
- Product lists on iPhone.
And we have many other ideas, for example:
- Allow synchronization and multi-device backup that respects privacy.
- Integrate Open Beauty Facts into Open Food Facts to simplify the scan and contribution of cosmetics.
- Take the opportunity to merge also Open Pet Food Facts and Open Products Facts to really have a UNIVERSAL scanner :-)
- Post scientific recommendations on certain food categories. Did you know, for example, that sea salt does not contain iodine, and that it is recommended to consume iodized salt?
- View personalized tips or alerts on products, based on diet or dietary restrictions, as we already do for allergies.
- View health alerts and product recalls issued by your local authorities and their counterparts abroad.
- Add a system of recommendations of alternative products that is based on scientific criteria, which takes into account allergies, food prohibitions, availability in stores and offers alternatives that meet your criteria.
- To be able to have a summary of the products consumed during a period in visual form.
- A Dark Mode, because it will soon become the latest MUST-HAVE to scan at night in the fridge ;-) ;-)
Do you have other ideas?
Could you tell us what you find most important and what features would be most useful to you?
Participate in the development or its financing!
The code of the Open Food Facts app is open source and is on Github
: iPhone (Swift)
, Android (Java)
Any goodwill to correct bugs and/or add new features is of course welcome! Join us on our Slack
chat room (#ios and #android channels) to discuss the app. The vast majority of the Open Food Facts code is developed by volunteers, but their availability can not of course be guaranteed. Being able to hire a dedicated developer, if only for a few weeks, can accelerate development much. This is particularly the case when it is necessary to tackle a redesign of a part of the code, or the development of a consequent functionality, and when it is necessary to solve the bugs which block the deployment of a new version . The hiring of Philippe in March and April thanks to the grant from Santé publique France (Public Health France) and your donations was really very useful. So today we are launching a campaign to fund future mobile app enhancements: A Better nutrition for a better health: let's mobilize!
Support the development of the app
Many thanks in advance for your support!
Open Food Facts now has 1 million food products worldwide! A huge thank you to the tens of thousands of people who have joined the Open Food Facts project since 2012, who have added products, photographed them, and entered their information in our great Wikipedia of food!
Thanks to you, we have been able to build together the largest open database of food products in the world.
It is a citizen and collaborative database, because food is everyone's business - not just that of the agri-food industry and public authorities - and we can all be actors to bring more transparency.
It is a free, open and public database, because information on food products is of public interest and it thus must be public and freely reusable by everyone for all purposes: for consumers to understand labels and to compare products, but also for scientific research, journalistic investigations, data-driven public policies, etc.
It is a non-profit, collaborative database, independent of the industry, to ensure that the general interest remains our only guide.
It is an open base for all types of product information, in which we are adding more and more fields to more and more domains, so that it can address all the issues related to food such as those which impact on our health, the environment and society.
It is a global database, to address these issues at the scale of the planet, and to encourage the dissemination of best practices around the world.
Open Food Facts is a great example that all of us can be change makers:
- through our own choices, by using the Open Food Facts mobile app or one of the many other applications that use our database.
- by participating in the construction of a common good, and adding products or completing information on Open Food Facts.
Reaching 1 million products is a great success and a great reward for the efforts of each of us for the last 7 years. We can collectively be very proud of it.
Of course there is still a lot to do, and we need your help:
A million thanks to all of you who are involved in the project or are supporting it!
Yesterday morning, the Open Food Facts
team woke up to a stunning revelation. Collecting the world's food, cosmetic
and pet food
was so passé. With the insane progress made over the past year, we must surely be close to completing our mission to collect all the food and cosmetic products in the world, right
So we set up to create not 1, but other 77000 separate new databases ! Open Products Facts
will be an extremely ambitious project. Here are a few of them:
Tomorrow, we will select the 3 most sucessful databases, and we will start collecting all the matching products in the world ? Will it be trash cans
, or mobile phones
database ? So if you like t-shirts
, cooking books
, origami paper
or snow globes
, Start Scanning using the Open Products Facts Android app
on Google Play (fdroid and iOS coming soon) :-)
Launched on May 19, 2012 with 700 products, Open Food Facts
- a collaborative, free and open database on food products from around the world - now totals more than 320,000 products, thanks to nearly 6,000 contributors
who - using their smartphones - scan the barcodes of products, take photos and add them to the database.
The database contains more than 1000 cakes
for which one can consult and compare the ingredients, the nutritional intakes, the Nutri-Score color grade, etc. Here is a dynamic graph showing sugar and fat in cakes
, created in 1 minute with the Open Food Facts search form:
Open Food Facts is a citizen-led, non-profit organization
that is fully supported by a volunteer team that offers everyone the opportunity to participate in collecting and collecting public interest data on the food we eat.
The data, which is related to food and nutrition, but also to health and the environment (origin of ingredients, manufacturing sites, palm oil etc.) is made available to all (as open data) and is reused in many other services and applications. Open Food Facts data has also been reused for scientific studies (notably by Professor Hercberg's team for the Nutri-Score simplified labeling system).
We all eat 3 times a day and we are all concerned!
If you also think that more transparency, information and knowledge is good for consumers and the world, join us to open food products on Open Food Facts
and also cosmetics on Open Beauty Facts
Discover the project
and the different ways to help
, install our mobile app, and chat with us on our Slack
You can also make a donation to the Open Food Facts non-profit association
Introducing Open Pet Food Facts
In the grand tradition of making technology available to pets and pets owners, the team of volunteers behind Open Food Facts and Open Beauty Facts is proud to introduce a solution to the looming overweight issue with pets.
Meet Open Pet Food Facts
Dog Food, Cat Food, Bird Food or Fish Food ? YOU get to decide
Although Open Food Facts went from 100k to 300k products in just a few months, indexing all the food in the world proves to be a sizeable challenge: there are still millions of products not yet indexed all over the world. As a result, we decided to focus on a task easier to achieve: Pet Food. And while we love all pets equally, in order to make our objective reachable, we have to focus only on one kind of pet: dogs, or cats or birds, etc.
But the good news is that you get to decide which pet that is, by participating in our worldwide competition: 1 New Pet Food uploaded to Open Pet Food Facts = 1 Vote for the Pet Food type of your choice Realtime results:
One person can send as many votes as they want (in the form of a scanned product) and all votes must be sent before tonight at 24:00 GMT. So, if you want to help your cat, for example, eat healthy and keep that belly size under control, scan as many cat foods as you can in order to increase the chances of the Cat food to win and turn Open Pet Food Facts into Open Cat Food Facts. Or Open Dog Food Facts. Or Open Bird Food Facts.
You can also voice your support by sharing Open Pet Food Facts to your friends. Make sure to include #OpenPetFoodFacts and either #Dog #Cat, #Platypus or the animal that should be the king of Open Pet Food Facts. We're counting tweet activity as well in the competition: three retweets will count as one vote so don't keep them only for yourself.
The Open Pet Food Facts app is available for Android, and for iPhones Android version (also available on F-Droid for people without the Google Pet Store) iPhone/iPad version coming soon, use Open Food Facts app (Don't worry: we'll move all your pet products from Open Food Facts to Open Pet Food Facts, and uploads will also be counted)
About Open Pet Food Facts:
Open Pet Food Facts was created by Yaki and Tori, the 2 free range hens living in Stéphane Gigandet's garden who were upset that nothing was being done about open data for pet nutrition. They initially wanted to name it OpenChickenFoodFacts (not to be confused with OpenFriedChickenFoodFacts, which they disapprove of), but the neighboorhood stray cat somehow persuaded them to widen the scope of the project to other pets.
About Open Food Facts
A food products database
Open Food Facts
is a database of food products with ingredients, allergens, nutrition facts and all the tidbits of information we can find on product labels.
Made by everyone
Open Food Facts is a non-profit association of volunteers. 5000+ contributors like you have added 315 000+ products from 150 countries using our Android, iPhone or Windows Phone app or their camera to scan barcodes and upload pictures of products and their labels.
Data about food is of public interest and has to be open. The complete database is published as open data and can be reused by anyone and for any use. Check-out the cool reuses or make your own!
We eat 3 times a day, but we know very little about what we eat. To make it easier to better choose our food, more than 4600 individuals - like you and I - have been scanning barcodes of food products and taking pictures of their ingredients lists and nutrition facts table to contribute them to the collaborative database Open Food Facts.
The project started in France 4 years ago, and the database now contains data for 100,000 products from over 177 countries. In the last year alone, we doubled the size of the database and the momentum is just accelerating even more across the planet.
Open Food Facts is available or will soon be available in over 30 languages.
Translators, Photographers, Editors, Coders: We need your help to bring food transparency to a kitchen near you!
All the data is published under an open data licence which allows anyone to re-use the data and build new apps, services and products on top of it. There are now more than 30 re-uses for things we could not have imagined, from health and fitness apps, special diet apps, to connected objects, scientific studies, and press investigations.
Here are some examples of how Open Food Facts data is re-used:
- HowMuchSugar.in is a global game to sensibilize children about sugar using local products they are familiar with.
- Across Europe, MadeNear.Me is taking advantage of Open Food Facts to make Food Factories transparency happen.
- US Data Scientists are creating exciting data-visualisation using the US base that keeps growing. Kaggle World Food Facts.
- Italian app developpers have developped Magnifico Reader, an app that performs live Computer Vision and uses Open Food Facts to create an augmented reality experience around products.
- Researchers and journalists from many countries are taking advantage of the sheer size of the base to perform analysis that just could not be done with such accuracy before.
- And we can't wait to see what international makers and developpers will come up next to expand Open Food Facts and use it in ways that are relevant to their communities.
Join the Food Revolution today by downloading the App on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone or Ubuntu Mobile, and scanning products from your country.
Spread the word around you and mobilize your community to keep building and improving food transparency in your country, one product at the time.
Would you like to get involved? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or join us on the Open Food Facts Slack.
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