Friday, March 30, 2012

Whole Foods to Eliminate Red-Rated Fish

A "red-rated" fish is a species caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. Color-coded ratings such as this one have been developed by the Blue Ocean Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium. According to the Seafood Watch program, fish to avoid in the central United States include imported shrimp, red snapper, and Lake Michigan trout, among many others. Best choices include wild Alaska salmon, and US farmed tilapia and rainbow trout, among others.

Whole Foods market announced today that, as of April 2, 2012, they will no longer sell red-rated fish in their stores, instead only making green-rated ("best choice") and yellow-rated ("good alternative") available. This means that sale of fish such as Atlantic halibut, grey sole, skate, and trawl-caught Atlantic cod will be discontinued. Click here for more information about this new policy.

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