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Supermarkets Improve in Greenpeace Seafood Scorecard

by Michelle Frey

June 30, 2009

Grocery shopping. It’s a weekly chore that I dread. I have to try and remember my list, coupons, the weekly store flyer and my canvas bags.

Greenpeace is pressuring supermarkets so we can have one less thing to worry about when we go to the grocery store–whether or not the seafood is sustainable. We all have enough to remember, so it’s time for supermarkets to ensure that all their seafood has been caught in a sustainable way and the fish have descriptive labels so we can make informed decisions when we are at the seafood counter.

Greenpeace wants the entire seafood industry to change. Seafood businesses have a responsibility to make sure that the seafood they are selling is sustainable, so that we will be able to enjoy seafood without wondering if our purchases are contributing to the collapse of our ocean ecosystems.

Greenpeace released an updated scorecard. In their third release some supermarkets did better and I’m excited that the stores are listening to their customers and making positive changes. But, other supermarkets continue to do poorly.

In the third scorecard release, Wegmans received top ranking followed by Ahold USA, while Whole Foods dropped to third place from its December 2008 first place ranking. Trader Joe’s remains ranked at # 17, the worst ranking of the national supermarket chains surveyed. Three regional chains ranked at the bottom.

Wonder how your favorite supermarket ranked? Find out now. Greenpeace put together an interactive map. All you have to do is pick your state and a list of grocery stores will be displayed. You can see if your grocery store passed, failed or fell somewhere in the middle.

That’s why we’re here—to get the companies to make the right decisions.

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