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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Latest Greenpeace Sustainable Seafood Scorecard: Whole Foods Slips, Trader Joe's Worst of National Chains Surveyed

In the third edition of Greenpeace’s seafood sustainability scorecard --Carting Away the Oceans -- released today, more than half of the leading supermarket chains in the U.S. have now made some sign of progress in increasing the sustainability of their seafood operations. You can see the full Greenpeace report and details here.

The supermarket chain Wegmans received top ranking followed by Ahold USA, while Whole Foods dropped to third place from its December 2008 first place ranking. Trader Joe’s remains ranked at #17, the worst ranking of the national supermarket chains surveyed. Also trailing behind are Smith’s at #9 and Albertson’s at #13. Surprisingly, Target has the #4 rank, Walmart is #7 and Costco comes in at #10. Trader Joe's and Costco have not many any progress since the last Greenpeace scorecard was issued.

Despite the progress of many companies, all continue to stock “red list” seafood like orange roughy, swordfish, or Chilean sea bass – some of the world’s most critically imperiled species. None of the companies featured in the report guarantee that they won’t sell seafood from fisheries that are harming sea turtles, dolphins, seals, sea lions, or other marine mammals.

"The good news is that seafood sustainability is now on the radar of many major retailers so we are seeing a shift in practices, but much more progress is needed," said Greenpeace’s Senior Markets Campaigner, Casson Trenor, in a press release. "Unfortunately, our oceans remain in crisis and retailers that ignore this fact are contributing to the collapse of our marine ecosystems.”

Of the 20 largest retailers in North America, nine remain that have made no visible effort to increase the sustainability of their seafood operations and continue to ignore scientific warnings about the crisis facing global fisheries and the marine environment. These include: Aldi, Costco, Giant Eagle, H.E.B., Meijer, Price Chopper, Publix, Trader Joe’s, and Winn Dixie.

The rankings:

  1. Wegmans
  2. Ahold USA (Stop & Shop, Giant)
  3. Whole Foods
  4. Target
  5. Safeway (Dominicks, Genuardi's, Pavilions, Randall's, Von's)
  6. Harris Teeter
  7. Walmart
  8. Delhaize (Bloom, Food Lion, Hannaford Bros., Sweetbay)
  9. Kroger (Baker's, City Market, Dillon's, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Ralph's, Smith's, Quality Food Center - QFC)
  10. Costco
  11. Aldi
  12. A&P (Food Emporium, Pathmark, Super Fresh, Waldbaum's)
  13. Supervalu (Acme, Albertson's, Bristol Farms, Jewel-Osco, Save-A-Lot, Shaw's)
  14. Giant Eagle
  15. Publix
  16. Winn-Dixie
  17. Trader Joe’s
  18. Meijer
  19. Price Chopper
  20. H.E. Butt (H.E.B., Central Market)

To help ensure the long-term sustainability of fisheries and marine ecosystems, Greenpeace advocates the creation of a worldwide network of marine reserves and fisheries management based on a precautionary, ecosystem-based approach. Today, supermarkets can help the oceans and meet consumer demand for sustainable products by refusing to sell seafood from fisheries that:

  • exploit endangered, vulnerable and/or protected species, or species with poor stock status;
  • cause habitat destruction and/or lead to ecosystem alterations;
  • cause negative impacts on other, non-target species;
  • are unregulated, unreported, illegal or managed poorly, and
  • cause negative impacts on local, fishing dependent communities

For more information, contact Greenpeace's New Mexico Field Organizer Joe Smyth at joe.smyth@greenpeace.org.

If you really want to get scared about the state of our oceans and the horrible impacts of overfishing and irresponsible fishing, check out the website for the new documentary film, The End of the Line. Also this this commentary on the film by Casson Trenor of Greenpeace.

June 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM in Environment, Oceans | Permalink


trader joes can be called at 6265993700. ask them why they stock redlined fish

Posted by: kyote | Jul 1, 2009 1:21:27 PM