You can remember that farmed salmon get their pinkish hue through artificial means and that swordfish might contain enough mercury to replace your family's fillings.
But with the vast array of fish available, how can the average eater know what is safe to buy and what is not at the supermarket?
Beth Daley writes in the Boston Globe about her own struggles at the fish counter, trying to remember if it's okay to bake cod for dinner (it is if it's Pacific longline, according to the Environmental Defense Fund's Seafood Selector).
Unfortunately, the report shows that most U.S. supermarkets purchase seafood without considering the health of fish stocks and without concern for where or how the seafood was caught.
All the supermarkets basically failed miserably, and the top scorers received four out of 10 possible points.The top five stores:
The bottom five stores:
Supervalu, Trader Joe's, H.E. Butt, Price Chopper and Publix.
Greenpeace maintains its own Red List of seafood that shouldn't be eaten. To better the situation, the organization recommends avoiding Red List seafood. Ask questions in the market about the type of seafood offered and how it was caught or farmed. And check labels when retailers make them available.
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