Saturday, January 27, 2007

Organic food watchdog considers sanctions on air freight

The Guardian

By Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent

Organic food which is imported to the UK by air could in the future be stripped of its valuable label under proposals put forward yesterday by the country's main organic certification body.
The Soil Association said it was concerned about the growing environmental damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions from flights carrying food around the world.
The organisation launched a one-year consultation on options ranging from carbon offsetting, labelling produce to specify the "food miles" travelled, and an outright ban on the air-freighting of organic food.


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