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The Importance of Labelling Food Items: Information, Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

  • Fabiana D’Andrea Ramos
  • Tatiana Cardoso SqueffEmail author
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Abstract

Food security encompasses access to nutritious and safe food and sufficient calories, these being the key elements of the human right to adequate nutrition. However, not every person has the same dietary needs, despite the 2200-kcal minimum intake suggested by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). After all, food intake depends on region, culture, religion, work and education—to name but a few of the many salient factors. It is thus imperative that consumers are aware of the specifics of what is in the food they consume, so they can make informed decisions. The ‘right to information’ and its concomitant ‘obligation to inform’ thus play an important role in the effectiveness of the general human right to adequate food. This chapter therefore details the interrelations between food security, consumption and the right to information, addressing in particular the labelling of food items and its role in helping consumers choose their groceries properly, as well as how it may assist sustainable consumption patterns more generally.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabiana D’Andrea Ramos
    • 1
  • Tatiana Cardoso Squeff
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU)UberlândiaBrazil

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