Greenpeace rates the fish sellers so you don't have to
Casson Trenor, Senior Markets Campaigner for Greenpeace, explained by phone that the organization rated the top 20 fish sellers in the U.S. on four attributes.
- Policy -- do they have one for issues like wild vs. farmed fish, sustainably-harvested stock, and fish caught in highly wasteful ways, such as bottom trawling?
- Support initiatives -- do they participate in partnerships to support ocean conservation?
- Transparency -- Do they label products so that consumers can tell what it is and where it's from? Is the "chain of custody" of the product maintained so that you can be sure you're getting what you are promised?
- Inventory -- Do they still sell "red list" fish such as shark, orange roughy and hoki and other depleted or overfished or irresponsibly-harvested species?
3. Whole Foods
6. Harris Teeter
10. Trader Joe's
20. H.E. B.
16. Giant Eagle
I asked Trenor what first step consumers should take to determine if they are making an ethical choice in their fish purchase. He told me that most people would expect him to suggest that consumers educate themselves about the fish industry, types of fish and the problems facing each species. However, he feels that the complexity of the problems and the changing dynamics are such that consumers could well be overwhelmed by the issues.
Better, he believes, that consumers use this tool to determine which vendors are doing the best job in these issues and reward them with their dollars. Hence, this list.
Knowing that many readers deem Greenpeace controversial and therefore will question its conclusions, I invite you to read the report yourself. Me, I'm sticking with Target when I'm in the market for fish.
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