One of the bright spots these past few years for the environment has been the awareness and change towards saving seafood species. Greenpeace deserves a ton of credit for this. Since recently launching their seafood sustainability ratings of retailers, they have had a huge impact.
Back in 2008 when the ratings included smaller, regional chains, MOM’s was rated higher than any other chain in the US (a score of 8), while all other major chains received a “fail” score. MOM’s continues to sell only sustainable seafood- from our frozen filets to our fish sticks and canned sardines.
Four years since Greenpeace’s first report, chains such as Safeway, Whole Foods, and Wegman’s have made great strides over the years and, surprisingly, MOST chains have made progress and are now passing.
This is excellent news and is already having a big impact. Fish, crabs, oysters- most seafood multiply like insects, laying millions of eggs at a time. The rebound in populations can be astonishingly quick. We here in Maryland saw how quickly the blue crab population came back in the Chesapeake after only 2 years of regulations disallowing she-crab harvesting.
I was thumbing through Supermarket News recently and came across this ad.
It’s fascinating to me how there is opposition to EVERY good cause. It’s important to be aware of this. Activism is like riding a unicycle- once you stop, you fall over. In the face of opposition, being complacent and not working to improve things is akin to supporting those who are doing bad things, because an oppositional force is always at work.