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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:52 am 
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International trade of food products is increasing. This means that food produced in one country may use ingredients sourced from other countries, which can make it difficult to assess the product’s real environmental impact. Interested consumers may already make some effort to work out food miles, but simple to use ecological footprint measure would allow greater tracing and who knows it might increase the number of people making low impact food choices. To read about one footprinting model, follow the link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integra ... 251na3.pdf


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:40 am 
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I would like to see not only mandatory eco-footprinting of food being put with the nutrition labels, but more thorough testing for mercury, hormones, insecticide/herbicides, and other toxic metals and compounds. Not enough fish a true labeled for mercury content, for example. Much of the food coming from China or Mexico could contain contaminants we now know nothing about. Sure, it is recommended to wash the fruit and vegetables, and limit fish intake. How much mercury is in various salmon? How about chemicals in foreign canned goods???
We need that, AND the eco-footprint in units of carbon from transport AND fertilizers and processing. With all products, not just food. If it is too high, they should be stopped from being imported.
Money strapped consumers who don't understand or care about the eco-footprint will buy the cheapest products and food. They will not do the intelligent thing, or the moral thing.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:40 pm 
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Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Money strapped consumers who don't understand or care about the eco-footprint will buy the cheapest products and food. They will not do the intelligent thing, or the moral thing.


And to be fair sometimes they simply can't afford to. Which is why labelling products, whilst I agree with it wholeheartedly, needs to be part of a wider effort involving the elimination of disincentives to the poorer sections of society to buy greener products.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:53 pm 
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Money strapped consumers who don't understand or care about the eco-footprint will buy the cheapest products and food. They will not do the intelligent thing, or the moral thing.
BUT, to be fair---money strapped consumers who DO understand and care about the eco-footprint WILL consider it and not necessarily buy the cheapest product and food. They WILL do the intelligent and moral thing.
I do agree that the effort needs to be wider, with educational efforts, and profiteering restrictions on green products. \:D/ :mrgreen: =D>
Also, in the so-called footprinting orgs, they have to also include this:
"Research from Murtaugh and Schlax at Oregon State University shows that a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy-saving models, would increase her carbon legacy by 40 times if she has two children."

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