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IPhone Attachment That Probes For Nitrate Residues Could Skewer Phony Organic Claims

August 23, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Lapka Electronics LCC has developed a free downloadable app and personal environment monitor attachment (with probe) for the iPhone. The device measures nitrate concentration in food, a sure sign that food was not produced organically. Nitrates are used in non-organic fertilizers, so any residue left behind is evidence that a claim of organic is false. The Lapka device, expected on the market later in 2012, will have attachments that detect radiation, electromagnetism, and humidity as well. Food Product Design envisions people using the $220 device in grocery stores to probe fruits and vegetables, maybe even packaged foods, “which I’m sure will rile many a store manager”.
" Test Pesticides With Your iPhone", Blog, Food Product Design, August 23, 2012, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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