Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Study Calls for Robust Science For Environmental Labels for Food

Environmental labelling of food needs to be based on robust, scientific principles if it is to be effective, says Dr Kathy Lewis, a University of Hertfordshire researcher.

Commenting on a report for Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which has just come out, Dr Lewis, one of the authors of the report, claims that more work is needed on current practices for environmental labelling to bring it up to an adequate scientific level.

She calls for a "more joined-up approach and an industry standard based on robust scientific principles".

The report, Effective Approaches to Environmental Labeling of Food Products, which explored the effectiveness of environmental labelling, was commissioned by DEFRA and carried out by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire’s Agricultural and Environmental Research Unit, in collaboration with the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) and the Food Ethics Council (FEC),  explored the effectiveness of current environmental labelling of food as a means of encouraging people to work towards reducing the negative environmental impacts of food production and consumption.

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