October 22nd, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has launched a national campaign that asks top U.S. chefs and well-known foodies to take a Save Our Seafood pledge.
In signing the pledge, chefs agree to stop using fish and seafood on the aquarium’s Seafood Watch “Avoid” list.
Let’s support restaurants whose chefs have signed on, including:
For a full list of chefs and foodies who have signed the pledge, click here.
Chefs who are interested in signing on can call (877) 229-9990 (toll-free) or e-mail the aquarium.
Read More:Chefs Take Sustainable Seafood Pledge
October 21st, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
Turning the Tide: The State of Seafood, a new report from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, reveals that international efforts to protect the ocean’s ecosystem and our sustainable seafood supply are paying off.
Chalk it up to “a growing consensus on how best to manage fisheries and fish-farming operations, and new commitments by consumers, major buyers and the fishing community,” the report notes.
“Ocean life is still in decline, and we clearly need to take urgent action to turn things around,” says Julie Packard, the aquarium’s executive director. “The good news is that we know what it will take and that key players are working more closely than ever to solve the problems. I’m confident that we can and will create a future with healthy oceans.”
Recent improvements in seafood management include:
- A scientific study that unified marine ecologists and fisheries management scientists on a set of principles for restoring ocean ecosystems and commercial fish populations
- Significant new commitments from major seafood buyers—including retailers like Walmart and North America’s largest food-service companies—to shift to sustainable seafood offerings
- Growth in the supply of sustainable seafood certified by reputable international organizations, notably the Marine Stewardship Council
- Policies adopted by governments around the world to better manage fisheries and fish-farming; reduce the rate at which wildlife is caught and killed accidentally in fishing gear; and protect critical ocean habitat vital to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems
Turning the Tide: The State of Seafood includes a Super Green list of wild and farmed seafood choices, prepared collaboratively with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Harvard School of Public Health. The aquarium will update the list every 2 years.
Click here to download a sustainable seafood guide for your area.
Read More:Good News About Our Sustainable Seafood Supply
September 23rd, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Nowadays, with the whole foods and natural foods movements in full swing, you probably don’t want to lie about being organic.
But one British food supplier didn’t get the memo. Director of One Food Limited was sentence to 27 months in prison.
Dumb-dumb sold nearly $820,000 of products “mis-described” as organic.
Officials tested some “organic salmon” and found synthetic astaxanthin, which is used to make farm-raised salmon more pink.
Employees of One Food Limited told investigators that company higher-ups would regularly by non-organic ingredients and were instructed to hide them to avoid getting caught. Now that’s a class organization! They’re like an earthy-crunchy mafia.
Via Food Navigator.
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Read More:Don’t Lie About Organic – You’ll Go Straight to Jail
July 3rd, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Zany “right-wing conservative” Stephen Colbert supports big-business pharmaceutical companies, but he freaked when New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, told him “lady pee” laced with unfiltered estrogen from birth control pills is turning up in our drinking water.
Stephen Colbert is very entertaining, but this is a serious issue. Drinking water is taking the brunt of American’s obsession with pills and chemicals. In March, depression medications were found in fish across the U.S., and in June artificial sweeteners, like saccharin, also washed up in water.
Via Colbert Nation.
Read More:Estrogen in Our Drinking Water!
June 11th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
I don’t eat meat, but I eat fish. And I love sushi! All kinds, like salmon and mackerel, even weird stuff, like octopus and squid. It’s all good.
Sushi is a very sheik thing to eat. Celebrities love it. Today, sushi is synonymous with New York City and Los Angeles.
But now, celebrities like Woody Harrelson and Sting are petitioning popular sushi restaurant Nobu to take bluefin off their menu.
Bluefin tuna is nearing extinction. In a letter to Nobu, concerned celebrities asked Nobu to stop serving tuna. I guess it worked, because Nobu’s London restaurant agreed to put a note on the menu telling patrons tuna is endangered.
No one wants Charlie Tuna to disappear and here’s another reason to ditch the tuna. The Environmental Defense Fund calls bluefin tuna an eco-worst and recommends avoiding it, citing mercury and PCB contamination.
Like I said, I love sushi! But I’m careful to order low or no pollution fish. Salmon and mackerel are my favorites—especially sashimi salmon—and both salmon and mackerel are safer choices.
Read More:Celebrities Want Tuna Out of Nobu Restaurants
March 26th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
First we invented the wheel. Humans built the pyramids. Then we moved up to automobiles, artificial hearts and sneakers with lights in them and now British scientists have created the robot fish. Five of these carp-shaped cyborg fish will be used to monitor pollution in the northern Spanish port of Gijon.
Much like your laptop in a Starbucks, the cyber-fish will use Wi-Fi technology to transmit information back to researchers. Chemical sensors will sniff out hazardous pollutants, such as leaks from underwater pipelines.
Earlier versions required human controls, like traditional mini-exploration submarines, but these new and improved fish navigate independently. At a mere $29,000 apiece and measuring nearly 5 feet long, they’re highly energy efficient and can swim around and analyze water pollution for hours on end. Plus they look cool!
Reminds of the United States Navy using dolphins to detect explosive mines in the ocean, but I have question. Are they too real looking? I watch a lot of Animal Planet and these robots look a lot like a tropical fish and fish get eaten all the time. It’d certainly be a killjoy if a mako shark snapped up a $29,000 investment. Maybe they should be outfitted with torpedoes too.
Read More:Robot Fish Detects Water Pollution
September 28th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
The next time you shop for organic food, consider adding fatty fish—salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel—to your cart.
Preliminary research from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, suggests that women who eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have a lower risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a common form of kidney cancer. The study was published in the Sept. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
RCC involving the renal parenchyma (the functional tissue of the kidney) accounts for more than 80% of all kidney cancers, and the rate has increased, especially among black women and men.
“We found that women who consumed one or more servings of fatty fish per week had a statistically significant 44% decreased risk of RCC compared with women who did not consume any fish,” the authors write. “Women who reported consistent long-term consumption of fatty fish…had a statistically significant 74% lower risk.”
The researchers believe an increased intake of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D contributes to the lower cancer risk, but emphasize that additional studies are required to draw a firm conclusion. Fatty fish has 20 to 30 times more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids than lean fish like cod, tuna, sweet water fish and seafood (shrimp, lobster, crayfish), as well as three to five times more vitamin D.
Please see our feature article, Which Fish Is Fit to Eat?, for information of making environmentally sound fish choices.
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Read More:Fatty Fish May Lower Kidney Cancer Risk