Saturday, April 21, 2007

Buying Seafood - Smart Consumerism

Keeping to the Earth Day spirit, I'd like to make another post about food consumerism. Because this site is for Pescetarians, I thought a post about seafood would be fitting.

There are many things you should be aware of when buying fish concerning your health and the environment's health. Such factors include pollution, over-fishing, high mercury levels, invasive species, endagered species, etc. And to make things even more complicated, the varieties of fish which fall into these categories changes all the time. Fortunately, the Monterey Bay Aquarium frequently publishes pocket-sized guides by region for smart seafood shoppers. You can find one for you at this link: This is what they claim:

Our Seafood Watch regional guides contain the latest information on sustainable seafood choices available in different regions of the U.S. Our "Best Choices" are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Seafood to "Avoid" are overfished and/or fished or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. You can view the guides online or download a pocket-size version.

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