We've had some interesting debate here this week about the concept of labelling food and other products according to the distance they've travelled to market.
This has been prompted by:
Full articlea move by Britain's largest supermarket chain to label goods imported by air [snip]. Supermarket chain Tesco this month unveiled a £500 million ($1439 million) strategy to cut carbon emissions and persuade its customers to buy environmentally friendly products.
Tesco said it planned to label food with details of its carbon footprint, showing consumers the amount of carbon emitted during the production, transport and consumption of each of the 70,000 different products it sells.
This potentially poses problems for New Zealand exporters since we are so isolated and many of our exports travel a long way to get to the consumer. However, food miles alone aren't the whole picture. Our Prime Minister is involved in the debate and is against the concept of food miles which only take into account the transportation of a product rather than its production. Lincoln University studies had shown lamb produced in New Zealand and shipped to Britain used about a quarter of the energy the British used to produce and freight its own lamb to local supermarkets.
Do you think labelling with food miles is a good idea? Do you think we'll eventually see all food labelled with it's carbon footprint? Would it influence you as a consumer?
(Not sure if this belongs in this sub-forum but I'll let the mods decide).