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EU Ecolabel for food and feed products – feasibility study

Sengstschmid, Helmut; Sprong, Niels; Schmid, Otto; Stockenbrand, Nina; Stolz, Hanna and Spiller, Achim (2011) EU Ecolabel for food and feed products – feasibility study. Oakdene Hollins. UK, FiBL, CH and University Göttingen, D .

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Summary

The environmental impacts of the production and processing of food, feed and drinks make up between 20% and 30% of the total environmental impacts of consumable goods in the EU. In the case of eutrophication (the accumulation of nutrients in water causing a reduction in oxygen availability) they account for as much as 58% of the total impacts.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme that forms part of overall EU policy to encourage more sustainable consumption and production.
To date, the EU Ecolabel scheme has developed criteria for products in the non-food sector. The Regulation that governs the scheme (66/2010) aims to extend the EU Ecolabel into new product categories including food. However, the Regulation stipulates that before extending to the food sector, a feasibility study should be undertaken.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:environmental impact, food production, processing, eutrophication, EU Ecolable, Sustainability, sustainable consumption, Sozioökonomie, Nachhaltigkeit
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Göttingen
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
UK > Other organizations
Deposited By: Stolz, Dr. Hanna
ID Code:20232
Deposited On:27 Mar 2013 12:54
Last Modified:27 Mar 2013 12:54
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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