Mass food and nutrition data available to the Swiss public through website
The Swiss institute ‘Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne’ (EPFL) has launched Openfood.ch, a website that provides the public with data on more than 14,000 food products sold in Switzerland.
The hope is that researchers, journalists, medical professionals and startups will use this open-source data to come up with new tools in the area of nutrition. Examples given are a “smart” refrigerator, an app that helps find a healthier alternative product or a way of tracking daily meals in order to improve the user's overall diet.
Alongside the Openfood project, EPFL has also developed a second website, called factfood.org, a website that will publish articles and scientifically proven information on nutrition, under an editorial partnership with the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV).
Read more on Phys.org here.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.
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