Visualizing the Environmental Working Group (EWG) food guide

The responsive website design to visualize breakfast cereals according to the ranking of EWG's 2012 Good Food on a Tight Budget guide.

The responsive website design to visualize breakfast cereals according to the ranking of EWG's 2012 Good Food on a Tight Budget guide.

The converted spreadsheet of breakfast cereals.

In September 2012, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a 45-page guide called Good Food on a Tight Budget which listed "the most nutritious, most economical and least polluted" fresh produce to dried goods with the goal to help people, especially those of a low-income background find the healthiest foods.

This document was packed with important data that was not user-friendly. My goal was to parse this data and visualize the information in an accessible, easy to use format.

  • Convert pdf to excel to JSON
  • JQuery/Javascript
  • Sorting Algorithm
  • Website design

A snippet of the code, calling and sorting the TOTAL SUGAR of each breakfast cereal.

The code can be found on GitHub.

Recently, EWG had a similar idea and released a new app called Food Scores, which rates over 8,000 grocery food items and counting using their original 2012 guide.