Toward a Sustainability Label for Food Products: An Analysis of Experts' and Consumers' Acceptance
Engels, Stéphanie V
Scholz, Roland W
Ecology of food and nutrition 2010 Jan-Feb; 49(1): 30-60
The recent proliferation of standards and labels for organic, fair-trade, locally produced, and healthy food products risks creating confusion among consumers. This study presents a standardized approach to developing a comprehensive sustainability label that incorporates ecological, economic, and social values. The methodology is based on an extension of modular life-cycle assessment to non-environmental sustainability criteria. Interviews with a wide range of experts (n=65) and a consumer survey (n=233) were conducted to analyze the feasibility and potential effectiveness of the approach. Responses indicated that a comprehensive sustainability label could considerably influence consumption patterns and facilitate cross-product comparisons.
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