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Monday, 22 October 2007

Air freighted food to lose organic labelling?

According to The Guardian, the government will today urge the Soil Association not to strip air-freighted organic fruit and vegetables of their valuable certification on environmental grounds. Their final decision will be unveiled on Wednesday. Apparently, both a full and selectvie ban (in which only those products bringing signiicant social and developmental benefit to the communities in which they are grown) are being opposed.

It seems to me that we're confusing two seperate issues here. Surely people eat organic (and I may be wrong) to avoid consuming the chemicals used in ordinary food production. Albeit they may also be concerned with the effect of these chemicals on the environment, I don't think we can necessarily logically extend that objection to freight emissions. To keep labelling truly transparent, this needs to be seperately indicated.

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