The furore over Australian supermarket chains shutting out New Zealand products and produce has refuelled the cries for compulsory country of origin labelling (CoOL).
I like to know where food I buy comes from and it does influence what I buy.
But there’s no need for the government to get involved.
C0OL isn’t difficult for fresh produce and single ingredient products.
The supermarkets I usually shop at already have CoOL for most of their food, where they can.
They’re responding to customer demand and if it’s good for business they’ll keep doing it.
If it’s not good for business they and their customers would lose from government interference.
Agitating for compulsion is just one many examples of where, if the government is the answer, the wrong question was asked.