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Should there be carbon labelling?

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Most of us know that carbon pollution whisks more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and worsens climate change, so would it help if products had carbon labels to explain just how much environmental destruction is embodied in everything we consume?

Australia doesn¹t even have a regulated carbon market yet, but come 2010 when there is an Emissions Trading Scheme in place things will be very different.

Would you prefer to buy products that label their own carbon footprint in much the same way electrical appliances do with the star-rating system or the water-saving? Or could that be too confusing?

Woolworths and The Australian Food and Grocery Council are looking into the impact of carbon and labelling on the food industry but what do you think?