10 Questions Reporters Should Ask Greenpeace

As its annual retailer harassment campaign begins again perhaps its time Greenpeace answer a few questions rather than ask them

April 15, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC Reporters tempted to turn a quick story out of an impending Greenpeace press release about American retailers seafood sustainability practices are challenged to actually report, rather than regurgitate, by asking Greenpeace a few questions The unscientific survey and report has become the embodiment of media groundhog day and white noise for those involved in real sustainability efforts.

NFI is urging reporters that if a release about this does make it to your desk, consider asking Greenpeace a few questions before putting it in the circular file:

1. One of Greenpeaces reports urged Americans to eat less fish. Reducing seafood consumption now can help lessen the pressure on our oceans. Yet researchers at Harvard University found that low seafood consumption is the second-biggest dietary contributor to preventable deaths in the U.S., taking 84,000 lives each year. Does Greenpeace know that its jeopardizing the health of Americans? Does it care?

2. Greenpeace refuses to reveal the methodology used in its grocers survey. Yet academic and research organizations routinely open their methodologies to scrutiny. What are Greenpeace activists hiding?

3. Greenpeace has called on retailers to only stock canned tuna caught with poles and lines. Yet only 2 percent of canned tuna sold is currently harvested this way. How would Greenpeace ensure there is enough affordable tuna to meet consumer demand?

4. What kind of environmental impact studies has Greenpeace done on its recommended sourcing methods? What kind of economic impact studies has Greenpeace done on how it would raise the cost of, for instance, canned tuna for consumers?

5. Are Greenpeaces efforts to frighten the public by falsely distorting the true health of tuna stocks in any way related to fundraising?

6.Sources have put Greenpeaces budget at $700,000 a day. How much of that goes for peer-reviewed research? How much is spent on publicity?

7. Greenpeace spent an incredible $32 million of donor money on the Rainbow Warrior III, a party boat used to make fundraising videos. Wouldnt those millions have been better used for scientific research and serious sustainability efforts?

8. The largest U.S. canned-tuna brands are working with WWF, the worlds leading conservation group, and marine scientists through the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation to ensure the continued health of tuna for generations to come. Why has Greenpeace repeatedly declined an open invitation to participate in these collaborative efforts?

9. Retailers and the seafood community routinely work with seafood-certification programs like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and participate in fishery improvement projects to provide consumers with sustainably caught fish. Why does Greenpeace not recognize the work of these reputable certification programs but then take credit for their success?

10. Rather than take active part in discussions with governmental leaders, industry representatives and conservation groups, Greenpeace representatives instead demonstrate outside these meetings, often dressed up as cartoonish sea creatures. Does Greenpeace expect that experts in sustainability or the public itself should take seriously any points raised by activists dancing in plushy costumes?

For more than 60 years, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and its members have provided American families with the variety of sustainable seafood essential to a healthy diet. For more information visit: www.AboutSeafood.com.


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