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News Line: Greenpeace re-releases retail report

Ahold, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Target pass

Whole Foods and three other retailers received passing
    grades from Greenpeace. - Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market
- 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 grade.

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 Greenpeace-USA.

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.

 

 

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