I’ve just noticed on the Hand Mirror that at least one Labour Party candidate disagrees with his party’s policy on refusing people the right to know where their food comes from – Paul Chalmers from Whangarei:
Question 10. Women do the vast majority of cooking and shopping, and increases in food prices are a burden borne disproportionately by women. What do you think our government can or should do to ensure that everyone has access to good food?
Food labelling of ingredients including place of origin and a bit of community gardening – not so much for the food but for the fun!
That corresponds with the Otago Daily Times earlier this week, which opined:
What is inconsistent about the opposition to country-of-origin food labelling is that the rationale of New Zealand food exporters in claiming the benefits from the “clean, green” imagery ensures New Zealand-produced food is so-labelled, with few exceptions.
The “Made in New Zealand” is a proud and valuable label indeed.
Yet in this country it is far easier to find out where your shirt was made than where your breakfast originated…
But it does not really matter why consumers decide to buy or not to buy food for there could be any number of reasons, rational and irrational, and they may have nothing whatever to do with food safety.
Some people, for instance, want to ensure the food they eat has the least possible “carbon footprint”.
They should be able to make informed decisions about their purchases, whatever they may be, without difficulty, and if there is an extra national economic benefit, so much the better.