Here’s what we like: meat, local foods, and being informed about products we might purchase. Here’s what we don’t like: feeling ill-informed. Thus, we were excited to learn via Slashfood that the House recently passed a law requiring meat along with vegetables, nuts, fruits, and seafood to be labeled with their country of origin.
This is great news for United States consumers, especially those interested in eating sustainably. While labeling foods won’t be too helpful for those attempting to eat locally (meat labels won’t be required to let you know whether the steak you’re thinking about comes from a cow in Colorado or Connecticut), consumers will, at least, be able to find out whether their USDA Prime beef comes from the US. Furthermore, the new requirement will enable consumers to vote with their wallets by purchasing products from countries with fair labor and farming practices. We’re quite pleased with the House and hope our approval will continue as the Farm Bill gets set.