If smartphone technology makes it easier to moderate your personal life — from water consumption, to physical activity, to daily screen time — it also has the capacity to help you become a more engaged Global Citizen. 

Global Citizen is highlighting apps that give them the tools to engage with the global community with nothing more than a smartphone. 

If you’ve ever waffled over whether to take the plunge and go vegetarian or even vegan, but worried you’ll have no idea what to cook, this app is for you. 

“Forks Over Knives” began as a documentary about the relationship between processed foods and degenerative diseases, and now consists of an entire multimedia experience about healthy eating. 

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There’s a website, online cooking classes, and even an app. Though it retails at $4.99 (we know what you’re thinking: “A paid app — are you kidding me?”), the app contains hundreds of plant-based recipes from leading cooks around the world.  

Becoming a vegetarian or a vegan is one of the easiest things a person can do to play a role in combating climate change and extreme poverty. 

“If the world went vegan overnight we might be able to feed several billion more people and double biofuel production,” The Independent wrote

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A study from the journal PNAS found that “widespread adoption of the vegan diet—could help avoid more than 8 million deaths by 2050,” TIME reports, while a global vegetarian diet could save 7.3 million.

The personal health effects of cutting back on meat are also great — reducing the risk of cancer, as well as several other diseases like Type II diabetes and coronary heart disease. 

Downloading this healthy cooking app costs as much as a tall latte at Starbucks, and could make a difference not only in your world, but around the globe. 


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By Phineas Rueckert