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Anita says ...
This is awesome! I count on the care and research Whole Foods puts into its products when I'm shopping! This is another fine example of those efforts. Thanks! Just curious, any thoughts on reporting or 'ranking' (similar to this quality rating) mercury contents in seafood. My Dr. recently said that I should not eat fish the recommended 3-4 times per week because mercury content is on the rise.....so sad.
09/20/2010 2:53:28 PM CDT
brownsteinc says ...
Thanks for your support, Anita! Through our partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Blue Ocean Institute, we're using the ratings of these organizations. Their rating criteria do not include contaminants such as mercury. However, similarly to what I said in my response to blog reader Craig, we offer information about mercury in all of our seafood departments through our mercury brochure. Please check it out for information on which species are typically lowest in mercury. Thanks for writing...
09/20/2010 2:55:00 PM CDT
Michele says ...
While color labeled, Whole Foods is still choosing to sell environmentally harmful fish. That is not admirable.
09/20/2010 8:51:27 PM CDT
tye block says ...
I have to agree that while you are trying to implement positive change - the time is NOW. Species are being wiped out rapidly and action should be taken.
09/22/2010 3:10:51 PM CDT
Becky says ...
I'd like to respond to Searr.....I live in Alaska, and am involved in the commerical fishing industry there. My family are commercial fishermen, we own our boat, we fish our catch, and have them processed and sent to restaurants and markets in the lower 48...please, do not tell me that the family fishermen in Alaska are a thing of the past, thats so not true. You want to speak of bycatch, in Alaska you can be fined if you have bycatch of certain species....our fisheries can be open for two hours and closed, because never, ever, is the survival of a species placed second to the commerical fishing industry. Alaska has set the standard, we are a model for the world. Commercial fisheries can survive, without damaging the populations of the wild fish. We are the model of sustainability when it comes to fisheries..non other can compare to us, and the lengths that we take to protect this fishery for generations to come. We have no industry other than seafood, our waters are pristine, and untouched by the pollutants of man from industry. Seafood labeling should be done in a manner that is not confusing..organic standards for farm raised fish, that swim in poop infested areas, and are given more antibiotics than anyother living species that we use for food, is ludicrious. Farm raised fish have diseases that are all their own, just because you can make more of something does not mean that it is sustainable. They feed them cornmeal, wild fish that should be eaten by the wild population..and I could go on and on...Alaska waters are free of floating farm raised fish pens, they are illegal here. Now they are genetically engineering fish, just think about the dangers that they can pose, to the environnment, and your children...it will be years and years before they talk about the effects of them, but one thing I will know, is that I never ate one...:) Wild caught should always be sustainably harvested, however, that is just a dream until other fisheries implement what we did in the 1950s in Alaska...our state consitution protects our fisheries, and has done so since the 1950s....the survival of a species to thrive, should never, ever take second to the fisheries....if it's not plentiful, we don't fish it. We actually have men that count the fish and species as they swim by to assure that enough salmon go upstream to spawn and provide a healthy new run. I have pamplets that I would gladly share with anyone of you, if you are interested in learning more about wild Alaskan seafood...fishermentochef@innernet.net
09/27/2010 2:20:34 AM CDT
Becky says ...
I'm sorry I have more thing to say....Good job Whole Foods, atleast one of the major food chains is striving to educate, and change the seafood industry...:) Just want to thank you for the efforts that you are making, our oceans are in dire condition, and need folks such as you that are in the forefront, to take a stand...Congratulations on your educating efforts, I hope all lend an ear your direction...enjoy your blogs always..
09/27/2010 2:27:02 AM CDT
Michelle says ...
I will only be buying "green" labels, Thanks for phasing out the "RED" label, I didn't like seeing that one on your list at all. If enough people only buy the "Green" label then I think they will have to stock more green than red and yellow. :)
10/19/2010 11:21:45 AM CDT
Heather says ...
I'm so glad I found this. Hubby picked out fish by himself while we were shopping there today and I came home with Chilean Seabass. I had never had it and when I started looking up recipes I saw that they were in danger. I am so thankful to see yours are only from a certified fishery. :)
08/11/2012 10:16:43 PM CDT

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