There’s good news and bad news for seafood this week. Let’s start with the good.
Your favorite place for overpriced organics, Whole Foods, has teamed up with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program in an effort to green their fish-literally. Whole Foods will now label each seafood item according to Seafood Watch’s color coding. Best choices are green, alternatives are yellow and, well, bad choices are red. Whole Foods plans to eliminate all red-list seafood by Earth Day 2013. I don’t see why it needs to take that long, considering…would you really buy seafood that essentially comes with a label advising you not to? Imagine the dirty looks you would get from other shoppers. But, it’s pointing the boat in the right direction.
Now, get ready to put on the trout pout.
Let’s talk about a big step in the wrong direction, unlabeled genetically engineered salmon. That’s right, I said “unlabeled.” This science-experiment fish has completely inadequate safety assessments. The government would essentially rely on the producers of the fish to assess how safe it is to consume. We saw how well that system worked with the BP disaster. This week, the FDA will make a final decision on the frankenfish issue. Frighteningly, ge salmon could be the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food supply — and could therefore set a very scary precedent. And even icky-er; the FDA is regulating ge salmon as a drug, not a food. Well, that’s more than enough to give me the heebie jeebies and certainly more than enough for me to not want to eat it. If you aren’t a big proponent of Monsanto’s ge dance number on our food supply, I highly suggest you strongly oppose this one and I urge you to go straight to the top — call the prez.
That’s right, call the presidential comment line at (202) 456-1111 between 9am- 5pm Eastern and tell whoever answers the phone that you want the president to oppose ge salmon. It’s that simple.
If you’re the shy type about making phone calls, don’t be. Calling the people who represent you politically is fast and easy; there’s no need to be intimidated. But if you need some more incentive:
Check out Food and Water Watch‘s video about the frankenfish: