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The Language of Labelling

Blandine Tulasne , Coline Moineau

12 April 2007

The language and vocabulary used by labels on the products we buy is often very complex. But, it has a certain importance in the choice of products.

As part of our project on Sustainable Development, during science week we took part in an organic breakfast: there were two speakers, a nutritionist and a representative from INEED ("INnovation pour l’Environnement et l’Économie Durables" which means innovation for a sustainable environment and economy) came to the Lycée Armorin to raise our awareness of what a balanced diet is, to the language of labels and organic agriculture. When one buys a product, one should take the time to read the information displayed on the label. The labeling should be accurate and readable so as not to mislead the consumer. On packaging there are two types of information: obligatory information and optional information. What we learnt from this presentation is that we should not choose products because of how the packaging looks. When two products appear identical, one must compare their ingredients and choose the one that contains the least chemical additives. Furthermore, if it possible we should try to buy products that do not have too much packaging to create the least possible waste and in this way participate in sustainable development.