The food system has become complicated enough that it is extremely challenging -- if not impossible -- for a single person to find out exactly where all of his or her food originates. But what if you could band together with people in your area who had the same concerns, and pool your information about farms, farmers markets and restaurants.
That was the basic idea behind Real Time Farms, a new web project from former Google engineer Karl Rosaen, which he's hoping can help bring transparency from the field to the menu.
Rosaen talked to Civil Eats last week and explained the mission of his site:
Real Time Farms is a crowd-sourced, online food guide, and we're all about connecting you to fresh sources of food -- items you can trust, whether eating in or out," he explains. "We aim to be the IMDB of food transparency."Real Time Farms lets you search by category (restaurant, farmers market or ingredient) or enter your zip code. As of right now, there are only listings for farms and farmers markets in the Kansas City area.