Friday, May 15, 2009

Canada Not Keen on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL): Interesting Debate, what do you think?

This caught my eye a while ago I wrote a post on this see below:

Canada claims it will hurt sales in the US. I personally think its nice to know where the food your buying comes from, it connects you with the food.
Of course Farmers Markets are really neat as you can meet the grower, in fact a local plant nursery 5 min from me sells fresh produce and home made cakes!, I was thrilled when I found this.

What are your thoughts??



  1. I like the concept of labeling foods with the country of it's origin.It's fun to know that I've bought mangoes from Guatemala and fish from China-the whole wide world in my grocery bag :)

  2. I'm not sure how many people actually read labels. Lots talk about it, I'm just not sure how many outside the food community actually do.

  3. i sometimes like to know what country my ingredients come from. I've always been interested in that kind of stuff. I agree with Mary. Not many people look at labels.

  4. I too like food labeling and country of origin. I'm a label reader and that's probably why I feel this way. I think Mary's right when she says not many people read labels though. It's a shame.

  5. I would love to know where my food comes from, country and state too if it's from US.

  6. Yup, I do like to know where my food comes from!

  7. I like to know where my food comes from I think the labeling is good, but Mary you right most folks don't read labels, the other thing in the news is cities making fast food restaurants label calorie, fat values of foods. Boston is the latest, but people will eat what they want to. The hospital I used to work in labeled stuff in the cafeteria, folks would be shocked by it but still ate the fried stuff!.
    thanks everyone for your comments and thoughts Rebecca

  8. I think it's absolutely essential that you know where your food comes from, for many reasons.

    The main reason is that it's just nice to know, but another compelling factor is the small matter of food miles - how far has that way out of season vegetable travelled to get to your plate, and what's the environmental impact of it's journey?

    In the UK, food has been labelled with country of origin for many years, and there's a growing movement of people interested in reducing food miles and buying locally.

  9. Thanks Rich thats an awesome point, I agree, local is best to support the local farmers when you can and it tastes better

  10. Living in the UK we are used to seeing 'country of origin' on all fresh and packaged goods, and currently people seem to be even more interested in this. Canada produces some wonderful fruit/veg. and I believe they are fairly strict about additives etc., & I dont think they should worry about labelling at all. I dont believe labelling affects sales that much, as these days the cheaper product usually does sell better wherever it comes from. I do think people do prefer to buy their own country's produce but this isn't always economic.



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