Denmark proposes ‘environmental impact’ labels on foods.

The Danish government is discussing proposals to require food manufacturers and supermarkets to label products according to their environmental impact.

According to CNN, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council recognizes that taking this step could be an opportunity to promote best agricultural practices reducing further the country’s carbon dioxide emissions.

“Everyone knows that food production affects the climate, but if the rest of the world were producing food in the way we do in Denmark, our planet would be a better place,” said council director Morten Hoyer. According to data released by the US Energy Information Service in January 2011, Denmark ranks 62th in carbon dioxide emissions, out of a total of 216 countries.

“Our goal is to develop an exact label. We need to include all information so that products that are used as meat substitutes provide consumers with information about the climatic effects, such as those of soy produced in South America, “said Hoyer, according to

Soybean cultivation has led to the deforestation of tropical forests in South America, particularly in Brazil. 70% -75% of soybean is used as animal feed for chickens, pigs, cows and fish around the world, humans consume 6% and the rest is used for the production of vegetable oils or products such as bio-diesel.

According to a report published last October by the European Environment Agency, Europe alone imported 27 million tons of soy in 2011, mainly for animal feed and petroleum production. Most imports came from the South American industry.