Google.org Impact Challenge: Tech for Social Good - Open Food Facts
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Open Food Facts
Empowering everyone to make more sustainable food choices.
The European Commission Joint Research Centre estimates that over 34% of human-made greenhouse emissions are from food systems. But historically, it has been practically impossible to visualise the environmental impact created by different food products.
Open Food Facts built the Eco-Score tool to do just that. They were assisted by a team of Google.org Fellows to improve the tool and expand its reach, to help more people make climate-conscious food choices.
“What we achieved in six months would have taken us 3, 4, maybe 5 years of work!”
– Stephane Gigandet,
CTO of Open Food Facts
How the Google.org Fellows helped
12 Google.org Fellows assisted Open Food Facts including software engineers, user experience designers, and product managers.
Utilised AI to predict product categories and assign an Eco-Score to products.
Simplified the user experience, redesigned the existing app, and launched a new Flutter-based app.
Unlocked new partnerships with industry giants PepsiCo and Carrefour.
Impact of the project
Open Food Facts’ Eco-Score was expanded to 49 new countries
Monthly users increased by approximately 30% to over 2.7M.
Created iOS and Android apps, with over 500K downloads.
Calculated the Eco-Score of over 500K new food products, 80% of which were categorised by AI.
New production processes enabled new features to be launched over 10x faster.