Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest proposes a new nutrition label with a host of subtle but important changes.
<p>Nutrition labels can be a little like art galleries, or condoms. We know where they are. We’re happy they’re there. But too many of us don’t bother using them.</p><p>So, we're hoping you can help us change that. This is the last week for <a href="http://www.good.is/post/project-rethink-the-food-label/">sending in ideas for redesigning the nutrition label</a>, the mandated, standardized guide to the calories, fats, and sugars in packaged foods, that, as Fast Company's Suzanne LaBarre <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664132/hey-designers-our-food-labels-are-keeping-us-fat-wanna-revamp-them">put it</a>, “has got the visual charm of a Microsoft spreadsheet and the readability of Beowulf.”</p><p>Our friends at News21 have helped us put together a talented team of judges, including Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.</p><p>In 2009, Jacobson proposed the above design tweaks to the current nutrition facts label. His subtle <a href="http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/special_report_-_label_makeover.pdf">adjustments</a> point out just a few of the shortcomings of the current label — and highlight how changes to the label might make it more effective at changing the way we eat.</p><p><em><a href="http://berkeley.news21.com/foodlabel/">Rethink the Food Label</a> is </em><em>an ongoing collaboration with GOOD and News21. </em><em>For more about the project, click <a href="http://good.submishmash.com/Submit/4958/Submission">here</a>. </em></p>
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