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We call on the European Commission to impose a mandatory declaration of origin for all food products: to protect the environment, to prevent food fraud and to guarantee consumers’ right to information.

Why is this important?

Imagine buying eggs that you thought were locally sourced, only to find out that they had come from the other side of the world. Suddenly your eco-friendly choice is not so good for the environment, or your local farmer. [1]

A legal loophole is letting food giants label products as if they are made locally when they aren’t - it’s food fraud and it’s hurting us, local farmers, and food producers. [2] But we now have a chance to change the rules.

WeMove Europe is working with other organisations to force the European Commission to put the correct country of origin on all food sold in Europe. [3] A million people signing an official EU petition, called a European Citizen Initiative (ECI), would mean decision-makers are legally obliged to respond to our demands. We’ve done this successfully once before on glyphosate, and we can do it again on food labelling. [4] Sign now to put an end to this food fraud.

***Because this is an official EU petition, the signing is a two-step process, and it’ll need a little more information than usual (e.g. your place of residence and date of birth). But it shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. ***


References:

  1. https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/en/eci-eat-original-unmask-your-food-reflects-the-concerns-shared-by-thousands-of-europeans/"
  2. https://www.eatoriginal.eu/
  3. https://www.eatoriginal.eu/

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Tell us where our food comes from

We call on the European Commission to impose a mandatory declaration of origin for all food products: to protect the environment, to prevent food frauds and to guarantee consumers’ right to information.

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Imagine buying eggs that you thought were locally sourced, only to find out that they had come from the other side of the world. Suddenly your eco-friendly choice is not so good for the environment, or your local farmer. [1]

A legal loophole is letting food giants label products as if they are made locally when they aren’t - it’s food fraud and it’s hurting us, local farmers and food producers. [2] But we now have a chance to change the rules.

WeMove Europe is working with other organisations to force the European Commission to put the correct country of origin on all food sold in Europe. [3] A million people signing an official EU petition, called a European Citizen Initiative (ECI), would mean decision-makers are legally obliged to respond to our demands. We’ve done this successfully once before on glyphosate, and we can do it again on food labelling. Sign now to put an end to this food fraud.

References
[1] https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/en/eci-eat-original-unmask-your-food-reflects-the-concerns-shared-by-thousands-of-europeans/
[2] [3] https://www.eatoriginal.eu/

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