Quality label #2

As we already know there are way too many quality label circulating (see Quality label #1). The question is who supervises the efficiency of those quality label? For the EU-Bio label and the german Bio label, for example, there are state-approved control authorities that monitors those enterprises labelling a quality label. The certification of fisheries for the MSC label is realized by an independent organisation. But what kinds of requirements do certain enterprises have to fulfill? In fact certain aspects of requirements as sustainability and equitable animal farming are not clearly defined yet.

images (1)Quality label are indeed a good and easy way for producer to gain more money as many consumer pay more for products with a label on it. As this is the case the amount of food labelling increases. Quality label suggest that the food is healthier and produced in terms of sustainability and proper animal farming. Though, as an example, products with the EU-Bio label just fulfill a minimum standard. The question is, is that enough? Moreover, research found out that organic products are not healthier than conventional food. Food labelling promise quality but cannot keep the promise.

There is an impressive article about the production of organic products causing the destruction of its surroundings in Spain. The huge amount of greenhouses leads to a waste of water and to salinization of the groundwater. So basicly „bio zerstört bio“ (http://www.stern.de/wirtschaft/news/bio-essen-wahrheit-lebensmittel-7209494.html). Not less important is that the working conditions there are quite poorly. As there are negative effects as those, is it useful to prefer products with a quality label?

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4 thoughts on “Quality label #2

  1. Thank you for providing this insightful blog about sustainability and food.

    I often ask myself what children are thinking when they are reading the shopping centers today.
    When “bio” boomed and started to become an issue for supermarkets, there were like two or three different products, greatly varying in price. Now, there is nearly every product avaible in the cheap version, a bio version and an even more expensive version, with the bio version being nearly as cheap as the supermarkets own brand. It has become just an empty signifier that does not “really” stand for anything anymore. Children will probably go for the most shiny product, not for the most healthy, anyway.
    I guess, that it is the right sentiment to strive for a more healthy lifesstyle by changing your food, but maybe a proper education is needed as well. If we weren’t looking at labels and words like “bio” all the time, we might realize that we could still go to a weekly market (in Hanover alone there are several, for each day of the week). We could leave the anonymity of the supermarket and meet people that have a shared interest in healthy food, and eventually we could change something.

    I find the whole debate about bio highly interesting and thank you again for your blog!

    -Björn

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  2. A very interesting topic, Sabrina. A few months ago I started questioning myself if those labels are really helpful for the customers. There are so many labels – I don’t know which one is better than the other or what they actually mean. Your article led me to think about labels again and I will definitely do a little research on that topic myself.

    Svenja

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  3. Hello Sabrina,

    working as a part-time cashier in a local grocery store, I noticed the delightful trend that an increasing number of people buy products that “wear” a quality label. But your post got me thinking. On the one hand, I enjoy seeing people that try to do something good with buying products that are labeled. But on the other hand, they might not know if certain labels stand for real good quality or just for a “minimum standard”. I think it is important that customers are informed about the quality labels on their food. Thank you for the great post!

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  4. I think most of the customers are actually not informed what the quality label on their food stands for and it´´´ is not even their fault because as Sabrina said, certain aspects of requirements were not clearly defined yet. It seems like a trend to buy something with a label on it. At least you can feel better and have a clear “green” conscience, when you buy something with a label that makes you believe to support sustainability.

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