Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Jennifer WhitmoreJennifer Whitmore (Wicklow, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

My question follows on quite nicely from Deputy Bruton’s one. The witnesses spoke about consumers and the part they can play. As a consumer, when I go into my local supermarket, it is very difficult, despite all my best efforts, to figure out what products are local, how they are grown, whether they are sustainable, what kind of nitrates or other fertilisers were used in their production. Would something like a carbon or biodiversity footprint label that demonstrates to the consumer the effort farmers are putting in, be they organic or traditional farmers, at a farm level and how that translates into the produce, be beneficial? Consumers want to do the right thing, but sometimes it is difficult for them to figure out what the right thing is. Would a carbon footprint label be beneficial to Macra na Feirme members?


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