Friday, April 13, 2007

Curb Your Appetite...for Non-Sustainable Products

Many of us live under the illusion that our wide, expansive Canadian oceans contain an infinite amount of aquatic life. This, however, is far from the truth.

Recently, David Suzuki hosted a discussion about sustainable seafood and the state of Canada’s oceans. The symposium’s underlying message: 'We should try to choose sustainable options for the good of our oceans and ourselves'.

Loblaws or Safeway may have food, but they certainly aren’t spawning fish in their stores.

Our major seafood supplier isn’t supermarkets. It’s the ocean. And the ocean is being jeopardized by deep-sea trolling and over-fishing.

The solution? Make sustainable food choices.

Not sure where to start? There are various organizations and websites available on the internet pushing sustainable fish picks.

For example, 'Ocean Wise', a Vancouver based Aquarium conservation program, promotes sustainable eating by helping the public make environmentally-friendly seafood choices.

Also, 'Seafood Watch', Monterey Bay Aquarium program, provides consumers with a colour-coded online guide that contains the “latest information on seafood choices.” They also suggest which seafoods to avoid.

Want to adopt a local-only food source policy? Visit ‘Sustainable Table’ where users track down a list of local food suppliers by entering their dwelling coordinates.

So don’t clam up about sustainable seafood. Splash a dash of Worchester on that filet of cod. But make sure that main dish comes from a sustainable fish.

1 comment:

Tiger said...

Hi Sarah,
I read your post about sustainable seafood in which you mention Ocean Wise and the Monterey Bay Aquarium program. You might not know this, but Canada also has a Sustainable Seafood program comprise of five environmental groups (including the Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Club of Canada). Sustainable Seafood has created the SeaChoice card to inform Canadians as to which seafood choices are sustainable and which are not ( The website is excellent. Great blog and keep up the good work.