Clearly yes ! In the past, some doubted whether the EU food quality labels (protected designation of origin, protected geographical indication, organic) are really more sustainable than standard food products. The H2020 project “strenght2food” gives a clear answer : yes, these quality labels indicate sustainable food indeed!
Products from quality schemes help protect water resources, they have a smaller carbon foot print and higher social standards (better wages, fairer prices). Quality labelled food is as well better for rural development and employment. Among the different labelling schemes, organic is performing best in all disciplines, it is the leading quality label with regard to both environmental and social criteria. Thus, organic and the other labels (PDO, PGI) are paving the way to the sustainable food and agriculture business of our future.
Ecozept did part of the case studies that brought about this evidence.