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Open Data Day project calls for more openness in food facts

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One of the cool projects that OKF France were hacking away on during Open Data Day last weekend was Open Food Facts. It’s a free, open collaborative database of food facts from around the world, which aims to help consumers make better choices about what they put in their body, as well as motivating industry to take more care over the production of food.

Food is becoming an increasingly political issue. Food security has risen up the international agenda to become one of the most talked-about aspects of strategic planning for the future. From questions of who owns the patents on the seeds people need to survive, to questions of the effects of additives in your body, to understanding the impact of our consumption habits on the environment, information about food is much-needed and often difficult to come by.

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The G8 is organising an International Conference on Open Data in Agriculture, to take place on April 28-29. The idea is to openly share useful, publicly funded information about agriculture across international borders, so the everyone can move towards greater food security. In particular, the G8 group have made a commitment to share this data with African countries to enable "a sustainable increase in food security."

There’s an open call for ideas to present at the conference, so if you have thoughts about how open data can improve global food security and food use then think about getting in touch. The folk from Open Food Facts are submitting their ideas, and they’ve invited input into their letter explaining why the project is important. The deadline for submissions has been extended to the 8th March, so now’s the moment!

If you’d like to get involved in discussions about open data, food and sustainability more generally, sign up for our Open Sustainability Working Group.

Originally posted on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog. Reposted using Creative Commons.

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Theodora Middleton works a day or two each week, helping out with a different elements of OKF’s community work: publishing guest blogs, putting together the newsletter, helping organise events like the Open Government Data Camp back in November and the upcoming OKCon2011, and compiling annual reports.

She is interested in how we build links between people from different backgrounds – finding a common language for all those whose lives are potentially touched by open knowledge (pretty