The PSI Blog
8 February 2011
Report sets priorities on food eco-labels
A new report for Defra by a group of research bodies, including PSI, sets out how government, businesses and green groups can improve environmental labelling on food products. The new research examines whether a single eco-label would be possible, exploring the strengths and weakness of the science behind labelling, reviewing existing labelling schemes, and considering the practicalities of labelling for consumers and businesses.
The report concludes that efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of food should not focus primarily on labelling and that, at present, the science is not robust enough to develop a broad omni-label that accurately tells consumers the environmental impacts of specific food products. It encourages government to work together with industry and green groups to help improve the scientific basis for labelling.