Whole Foods, Target, playing same game of consumer deceit with seafood
Posted: January 29th, 2010 - 12:43pm by Doug Powell
Seafood in Kansas sucks.
Of course it does, we’re at least 20 hours from any major body of water.
But the available choices became a bunch more confusing.
I chuckle when one of the local upscale restaurants advertizes mussels from Prince Edward Island (that’s in Canada) for some outrageous price to pay for the air transit. They’re mussels, a buck a pound in Ontario.
Whole Foodies announced a few days ago they would continue selling farmed fish, but only under the Whole Foods Market Responsibly Farmed logo, verified by third-party auditors, which is completely meaningless.
Now Target Corp., another of our regular shopping destinations, has announced it has eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen and smoked seafood sections at stores nationwide.
The discount giant said it wanted to ensure that its salmon was "sourced in a sustainable way that helps to preserve abundance, species health and doesn't harm local habitats."
The Minneapolis company said salmon farms could hurt the environment through pollution, chemicals and parasites.
So who’s right? Whole Foods or Target? I want aquaculture, to save the oceans, and don’t buy into some third-party auditing bullshit.