The linguists of the American Dialect Society voted “app” as 2010’s word of the year. “Apps,” short for “applications,” are mini programs that allow you to have access to information at your fingertips. Made for today’s smart phones, they sideswipe the time it takes for a google search and allow for direct and instant access to the information you need, or to the game you want to play. There seems to be an app for everything these days, and they span from wacky: “toast” for example, allows one to prepare, dress and eat your own virtual breakfast; to useful: “weather network” permits one to look up the hourly, daily, and weekly, weather for ones own city.
In honor of the 2010 word of the year, I recommend either one of the two following apps which are useful to have onhand: SeaChoice and Ocean Wise. These sustainable seafood apps are currently available free online. When running around a grocery store deciding which seafood to buy for dinner, or when at a sushi restaurant making a conscious choice about what to order, all you would have to do is look it up on your phone. They are handy, efficient, and extremely user friendly. Check them out!
SeaChoice App: “SeaChoice, Canada’s most comprehensive sustainable seafood program, is about solutions for healthy oceans. Five internationally respected Canadian conservation organizations—Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Center, Living Oceans Society and Sierra Club British Columbia—formed SeaChoice to help Canadians take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain.” [Learn more].
Ocean Wise App: “Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions.” [Learn more].