Last week Carrie Taylor, a registered dietitian, wrote a column in The Republican where she set out to help parents who are “completely confused” when it comes to feeding their kids seafood.
It begs the question-how low is Safe Harbor willing to go to push its product? It's a product that is marketed as one designed to help protect consumers, but is apparently being promoted with half truths and innuendo rather than ground truth science and fact.
Yesterday they were defacing Canadian grocery stores and today they're bragging about it on the internet. Well, someone from Greenpeace is bragging about it-- the poor misguided foot soldiers who were arrested for their role in the ineffective and dangerous stunt aren't so much bragging as they are testifying. Yea, for them it's not so much a celebration today as it is a deposition.
Here's one you may have missed from the Earth Times. It would appear that The Environmental Defense Fund isn't just in the business of offering consumers wallet-sized seafood sustainability guides but it's also in the business of offering politicians money to testify during hearings.
Surprising, no... unfortunate, yes. We've been warning for months that Greenpeace was prepared to move from activism to vandalism in an effort to gain media attention for its failed retailer rankings campaign and today it has.
This morning 8 grocery stores in Toronto found themselves festooned with "crime scene" tape and posters that attacked their sustainability practices because they refused to abide by Greenpeace's arbitrary demands to remove certain fish from sale.
Let me start by saying we are not opposed to efforts to educate people about seafood sustainability. In fact sustainable seafood is the life blood of our community. It's important for consumers to understand that responsible members of the seafood community are the true stewards of sustainability. And their work contributes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) assessment that in this country about 80% of the stocks are sustainably maintained.
What would you think if someone sent you a gift promoting a sushi pocket guide that was supposed to, among other things, help protect you from the perceived evils of things like mercury... but the gift itself featured a warning label that said it contained a chemical that might "cause cancer or birth defects?"
According to the Reuters blog that tracks and responds to reader reactions to mistakes, none of its 2,500 reporters have made a mistake that's been called too its attention in the last 6 days.
Wow, that's all I can say.
Here come the guides-- the Blue Ocean Institute, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have all launched sustainable sushi guides that not only conflict with red and green lists from other environmental lobbying groups but offer health advice too.
If they're talking about health advice for the oceans perhaps they've got a horse in this race but when it comes to human health I'll stick to doctors and dietitians.