Denmark to consider labelling food in supermarkets to include environmental impact

This picture from February 22, 2016 shows people shopping in the Wefood supermarket that sells food past its sell-by date at Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark. Source: AFP

The program is designed to help consumers pick environmentally friendly products.

Danish supermarkets could soon label their goods with a sticker to outline the products' environmental footprint to help combat climate change.

The proposal, welcomed by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC), will be presented to parliament next week and is aimed at informing consumers of the environmental impact of products in supermarkets.

But DAFC director Morten Hoyer said the nutritional value of the food can't be forgotten.

“It might be necessary to weigh up the environmental impact against the nutritional value of the product. A bottle of soda may have a low environmental impact, but it is not a product you can live on,” he said in a press statement.

A 2013 global report on tackling climate change through livestock found the livestock sector contributed 14.5 per cent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions per year.

The food labelling proposal follows the UN report that warned of dire impacts if the world warms 1.5 Degrees Ceclius beyond the pre-industrial period.

Denmark ranked 17th in the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index that measures a nation's efforts to combat climate change.

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