Blog: Dean BestAir ban on organic food?

Dean Best | 29 May 2007

The UK’s Soil Association is set to propose a somewhat controversial move next week with plans to strip food flown into the UK of its organic status.

Under a consultation with environmentalists, organic consumers and business, the Soil Association will put forward a range of options designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While the organisation will propose plans including labelling showing a product’s country of origin and carbon offsetting, it is also mulling whether to recommend a total ban on air-freighted food.

Any such move is likely to provoke furious debate. While the ethos behind organic products includes attention to the sustainability of the environment, organic consumers could feel their right to choose is being diluted.

Some may say that a food that is organic and a food that is carbon neutral are two different things. For some, to eat organic is a diet choice, and not necessarily a consideration of whether a food has been flown from Turkey or Thailand.

There’s no doubt that the topic will be on everybody’s lips at two conferences in London in the next week. On Thursday (31 May), the Corporate Climate Response event will focus on the relationship between the food industry and climate change. Next Monday (4 June), the themes of reputation and responsibility will be highlighted at the Food and Beverage 2007 conference in the UK capital.

Just-food will be bringing you the news and views from both.


BLOG

UK consumers to cut back on fruit and veg - and point to Brexit, study says

Whatever your view on Brexit, a piece of research issued today (18 July) in the UK on fruit and veg consumption will likely unite more of you than last year's divisive vote....

BLOG

Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting business...

BLOG

A bad fortnight for self-regulation

Recent events in Canada, Brussels and the UK suggest the task of defending self-regulation as the best way to prevent the commercial activities by food companies from exacerbating childhood obesity is...

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?