Greenpeace Grades Retailers on Seafood Sustainability
Greenpeace USA’s fifth Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report
raises the flag on unsustainable seafood industry practices while praising
the work of leading retailers to protect supplies.
According to an article on
the Greenpeace website, "a real paradigm shift" is
required in the industry’s thinking.
"Most seafood merchants continue to focus on large, predatory fish such
as cod, sharks, and tuna, while globally, populations of these ecologically
vital animals have dropped by as much as 90 percent," according to Greenpeace.
earned the top spot on the Greenpeace list.
"Key points of improvement include policy development in both capture
and farmed seafood sourcing, new language aimed at promoting key conservation
initiatives, a marked increase in available consumer-focused information at
point-of-sale and online, and a substantial decrease in the red list species
carried by the chain," according to the report.
"Greenpeace is thrilled to see Safeway on this trajectory and eagerly
awaits further developments in the coming months and years. There is no doubt
that it is companies with this sort of willingness to challenge paradigms and
assumptions — not
to mention with the gumption to take a public stand on important political
conservation issues — that will lead the charge into the realm of truly
sustainable seafood sales."
Others getting a passing grade in order of
ranking from Greenpeace included
Target (2010 winner), Wegmans (2009 winner), Whole Foods (2008 winner), Ahold,
Harris Teeter, Aldi, A&P, Price Chopper, Delhaize, Costco, Trader Joe’s,
Walmart, H.E. Butt and Kroger.
Giant Eagle, Publix, Supervalu, Winn-Dixie and
Meijer failed to make Greenpeace’s grade.
"Companies like Winn-Dixie and Meijer still have yet to demonstrate even
the most cursory interest in seafood sustainability. Other companies, like
Supervalu and Publix, may be making some sort of progress, but refuse to discuss
the issue publicly and have yet to discontinue any of the multitude of red
list items that they sell," according to Greenpeace.
- New Greenpeace report: Carting Away the Oceans – Greenpeace USA
Away the Oceans V (report download) – Greenpeace USA
Discussion Questions: How aware are consumers about seafood sustainability issues? Is it good for business to have retailers engaged in seafood sustainability issues?