Whole Foods and ALDI come out on top in seafood sustainability ranking

Whole Foods Market supermarketWhole Foods Market has taken the top spot on Greenpeace’s 2018 Supermarket Seafood Ranking for the fifth time.

The supermarket chain topped the list which featured 22 other US groceries and retailers including ALDI, Target, Kroger, etc.

“It is time for major retailers to put the same energy into tackling the other issues facing our oceans and seafood workers, such as plastic pollution and labor and human rights abuses in seafood supply chains. It’s not truly sustainable seafood if it’s produced by forced labor and then wrapped in throwaway plastic packaging,” said Greenpeace Oceans campaigner David Pinsky.

“We appreciate being recognised again by Greenpeace for our work on seafood sustainability,” said Carrie Brownstein, global seafood quality standards coordinator Whole Foods Market. “By continuing to advance our sourcing policies and practices, and advocate for improvements in fisheries management and traceability, we hope to inspire the entire seafood industry to turn the tide toward greater sustainability.”

ALDI US moved into the top three spot for the first time ever, buoyed by new policies to tuna fishing practice. The discount grocery recently launched its own sustainable line canned tuna.

The environmental org said the supermarket giant has the most information on seafood packaging compared to most groceries, in terms of the product’s scientific name and catch method. The discount grocer also shares its detailed policies online. ALDI is also against human rights abuses during shipment at sea.

Whole Foods Market was also recognised for its sustainable tuna standards in 2017 and policy improvements in fisheries. It has implemented a sustainable policy wherein fisheries use a one-by-one catch method in their canned goods, instead of the bycatch practice.

The supermarket said in a statement that fisheries must be either certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council or obtain a rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. The fish suppliers are also required to use electronic traceability software to track tuna to prevent illegal fishing practices.

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