STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedes can now buy fare based on its impact on the environment thanks to a national food labelling program that highlights carbon dioxide emissions products undergo in the production process. The program is part of a strategy to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions — 25 per cent of which are related to food consumption.
An article in the New York Times explains that, while the labels appear everywhere from boxes of oatmeal to burger joint menus, some consumers are still perplexed by the new system. Surprisingly, sales of eco-friendly products in the country have risen 20 per cent.
Restaurateurs and other food companies are using the program as a chance to re-examine their menus and products, keeping a greener future in mind.