My Dream Food Label – Mark Bittman

A food label that has the interests of consumers in mind and not producers would be ideal. South Africa is about to legislate for mandatory labelling of foodstuffs containing GM ingredients.

Mark Bittman speculates on his dream label.


About Rob Symons

My name is Rob Symons. I live in Pietermaritzburg, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. MuthiMuthi is my Zulu nickname which means tall tree. I am an Organic Farmer and an environmentalist. I live and work on Broadleaze Farm in the Mkondeni valley on the eastern outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.
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7 Responses to My Dream Food Label – Mark Bittman

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  3. A says:

    I think this food label is much better than the ones currently being plastered on the back of canned goods and boxed cereals. However, there is one thing I think that needs to be pointed out. What “nutrition” is to one person may not be the same for others. For example, how do you go about labeling whole-grain foods? For those following gluten-free diets, these would be considered far from nutritious. I see the idea behind it though, and overall I think it is a big improvement over what is currently in place!

    • muthimuthi says:

      I don’t think you can accurately give nutritional information on whole foods. What one does have to know is whether it is organic and fair trade, or chemically grown and or GM. People need to be educated and become “food wise”. If they are gluten intolerant they must avoid wheat for instance. It is processed foods which are the bugbear as you have to trust the label to know what the ingredients are.

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