Here are 3 mini-stories on food with news this week:
“WHOLE FOODS” TAKING YOUR “WHOLE PAYCHECK” FOR NON-ORGANIC FOOD?
Not everything in Whole Foods is organic. In fact, the Organic Consumers Association has found that this natural food store carries only about 1/3 organic products. The remaining 2/3 is “regular” food disguised as natural. Whole Foods claims that selling the other 2/3 of the food allows them to offer the organics at a reasonable price. The OCA would like us all to participate to test this claim. It will require effort and time, but this writer believes it is the worth it in the end.
Download the Whole Paycheck” Organic Price Survey Worksheet which you can use to list Whole Food’s organic prices in your local community. The results will be tallied and all personal information will be protected; maybe this way consumers can get the truth on what they are paying at Whole Foods Markets.
SEAFOOD WATCH iPHONE APP
If you eat fish on a daily basis either at home or in a restaurant and want to know if it is fresh, toxic, endangered or shipped from countries violating the fishing laws, this is the guide for you. The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a Seafood Watch app so that you can have the information at your fingertips. This seafood watch ranks seafood as Avoid (red), Good Alternative (yellow), and Best Choice (green). Plus,
- Free, up-to-date recommendations at your fingertips
- Regional guides highlight the seafood that’s best in each area of the country.
- Loads the right guide for your location using your phone’s GPS
- Lets you search for seafood quickly and easily within regions
- Lets you sort seafood by rank
TARGET STOPS CARRYING FARMED SALMON
Greenpeace jumped for joy this week when Target stores announced that they would no longer carry farmed salmon. “Greenpeace applauds Target’s decision to replace farmed salmon with wild Alaskan salmon, a relatively sustainable and healthy product, throughout its operations,” said Casson Trenor, Greenpeace’s Senior Markets Campaigner. “The company’s decision to address this issue represents an incredible willingness to challenge old paradigms in favor of sound science and environmental preservation, as well as provide real market value to its customers. We have no doubt that the leadership will set a new standard for the seafood industry; one we hope is echoed by other retailers.”
So what’s the issue with farmed salmon? Seafood Watch (mentioned above) gives us the details. They include a health advisory for increased PCBs in the farmed fish, as well as major environmental issues (like the fact that it takes 3 lbs of wild fish to “make” 1 lb of farmed salmon).
SLOW FISH DINNER: MIAMI JAN 31, 2010
Reserve Your Seat for a Slow Fish Dinner at The River Oyster Bar
Sunday, January 31 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$80 per person including tax and gratuity.
$15 of the ticket’s purchase price benefits a school garden program in Downtown Miami.