All right, seafood lovers… pay attention. Most of you, on average, eat approximately 16 pounds of seafood each year, 4 of which is shrimp. Most of you want safe, sustainable seafood, and you’re probably aware that there are many things to consider.
Consumers need a resource that addresses factors, such as sustainability, food safety, and the socio-economic impact of many different kinds of seafood; the 2010 Smart Seafood Guide will help you navigate those waters.
The Smart Seafood Guide is a complete resource to understanding various seafood selections while keeping specific considerations in mind. It is being released at a critical time—consumers have posed many questions recently regarding the safety of Gulf seafood in light of the BP oil spill.
Unfortunately, some consumers have turned to imported seafood due to concerns about the safety of domestic options. However, rampant food safety violations occur throughout the industry. Did you know that less than two percent of all imported seafood gets inspected?
This year, we’ve even awarded imported coastal-farmed shrimp the dubious honor of “Worst Seafood.” Most of our imported shrimp come from countries where health, safety, labor and environmental standards are not as strict as they are in the U.S., meaning there is greater risk of buying seafood treated with illegal chemicals, antibiotics and pesticides. This is why it’s so important to know where your seafood comes from.
There are a lot of reasons to be knowledgeable about the seafood you’re buying, which is why it’s important to note a few things about this particular seafood guide.
-It’s the most comprehensive seafood guide available. -It includes information on over 100 types of seafood. -It offers background on U.S. seafood production and regulation. -It is the only guide that considers the socio-economic impact on coastal and fishing communities. -It steers consumers away from seafood raised in factory farm conditions. -It steers consumers away from choosing seafood obtained through fishing practices that pose threats to both the marine ecosystem and public health. -It steers consumers away from unregulated imports, depleted fish and seafood that is more likely to contain harmful contaminants.
The 2010 Smart Seafood Guide is free for all to use—it’s an online tool designed to help consumers find seafood based on taste or U.S. region of origin. In addition, Food & Water Watch has developed smaller, printed versions that you can carry with you and reference before making a purchase at markets or restaurants.
In honor of the "No Impact Man" premier in theaters nationwide, Food & Water Watch is launching a low-impact challenge of its own. As the film's star, Colin Beavan, urges everyone to reduce their carbon footprints, two Food & Water Watch employees (perhaps the least "green" in the office) will start a six-week adventure to see who can have the smallest water footprint. They will blog every week about their experiences and explore the effects of making small yet meaningful lifestyle changes to conserve water and other natural resources. We urge readers to follow along and join in on the challenge.
If you happened to be driving past the Pershing Park area in Washington, D.C. the other day and noticed a group of noisy people in aprons and chef hats - no, we were not baking the world’s largest pie – you caught a glimpse of Food & Water Watch’s Chefs’ Rally for sustainable seafood.
Wednesday at noon we congregated across from the U.S. Department of Commerce – the department that is now considering the controversial Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ocean fish farming plan – to say loudly and clearly that chefs and consumers alike are saying “NO” to industrially farmed fish.
Donning chef apparel and carrying big signs with phrases like “OOA = Fishy Business” and “Say NO to industrial fish farming,” we were joined by local chefs from such great restaurants as Central Michel Richard, Patowmack Farm, The Reef, and Majestic. And of course, our wonderful FWW liaison chef Rocky Barnette was there to speak to the energetic crowd.
After some inspiring words from Chef Rocky we grabbed our loudspeaker and marched the perimeter of the building, chanting until lots of faces appeared in windows.
Chefs, FWW staff, and activists communicated clearly to them, calling “Whose oceans? OUR oceans!”
Again, thank you to all who turned out! We couldn’t do this without you.
Learn why open ocean aquaculture is the wrong choice for the environment, human health, and sustainability, and then take action by signing our petition to end industrial fish farming.
Join us for Dinner & a Documentary July 30th at 6:30 pm Bread & Brew 1247 20th Street (N & 20th) NW, Washington, DC
July 24th, 2009
On Thursday, July 30th we will be hosting a screening of the award-winning film Blue Gold at the green-certified Bread & Brew restaurant. Bread & Brew has also kicked the bottled water habit, and proudly serves tap water. Check them out as one of the participating restaurants with our Take Back the Tap campaign.
There is a battle brewing over who owns our water. At Food & Water Watch, we promote the right to universal access to clean and affordable water because it is a human right and a common good. We work with citizens and elected officials to:
strengthen the management of our public water resources
Successful morning in Des Moines! This morning the rBGH-free cows headed to the farmer's market in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Despite being in the heart of industrial farm country, we were able to get a glimpse of an alternative to the factory farm model that dominates the state and the region. The Des Moines farmer’s market offered a beautiful array of locally produced foods – showing everyone that the status-quo can, and will be, changed! The Food & Water Watch team received a tremendous welcoming to Des Moines! In less than an hour and half, we collected nearly 200 signed postcards to be delivered to Senator Harkin. People in Des Moines are serious about their milk – and they don’t want any artificial hormones corrupting it! After a successful morning at the farmer’s market, we stopped by the state convention of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. There we were able to see our food program director, Patty, who was invited to give a presentation on factory farming to Iowa CCI members. During our stop at the convention, we were able to listen to several Iowa CCI members and organizers talk about the organization’s campaigns and victories. The speakers at the convention were truly inspirational, and Iowa CCI has been doing amazing work in Iowa for over 30 years! This afternoon we are headed to Minneapolis for the last leg of our journey. As I am writing this, we are driving past hog factory farms on Interstate 35. The sight of these operations is astounding, the smell is enough to make our eyes water. With the help of our activists, hopefully one day factory farms like these will be history.
- Sarah Alexander and the Healthy School Milk or Bust Crew
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