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Environmental Health, Public Health, or Individual Health? The Complications of Using Eco-Labels for Food Governance

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Environmental Health, Public Health, or Individual Health? The Complications of Using Eco-Labels for Food Governance

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Date

2021

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Volume

31

Bibliographic Citation

Steph Tai, Environmental Health, Public Health, or Individual Health? The Complications of Using Eco-Labels for Food Governance, 31 Health Matrix 369 (2021).

Abstract

Labeling details on food products have become increasingly common, as some consumers demand "more" from their food. This essay explores various labels and describes how many of the requirements behind labels approach "health" from mixed perspectives of environmental, public, and individual health. Based on the muddled ways in which consumers approach health labels, as well as the weaknesses of legal accountability mechanisms, the essay argues that food labels are weak in providing incentives to provide "healthy" food, either from an environmental, public, or individual health perspective.