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News Line: Greenpeace re-releases retail report
Ahold, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Target pass
- Steven Hedlund
January 01, 2009
Greenpeace on Dec. 9 re-released its ranking of U.S.
retailers according to sustainable seafood purchasing policies,
and this time four supermarket chains earned a passing
Originally released in June, "Carting Away the Oceans: How
Grocery Stores are Emptying the Seas" failed all 20 retailers
surveyed because they "ignored scientific warnings about the
crisis facing global fisheries and the marine environment."
Greenpeace lambasted retailers for selling "red list"
species it says are caught or farmed in an unsustainable and
environmentally destructive manner.
But this time, the report passed Whole Foods, Ahold USA,
Target and Harris Teeter for recently strengthening their
sustainable seafood purchasing policies. They received a score
of at least 40 points out of a possible 100 points. The report
failed the remaining 16 retailers on the list.
"While many supermarkets seek to green their image, the
bottom line is that they are contributing to the crisis facing
our oceans," says John Hocevar, oceans campaign director for
The National Fisheries Institute had warned its members that
Greenpeace was re-releasing the report, which it said "failed
to capture the attention of consumers or the cooperation of
retailers" earlier this year. - S.H.