Why Choose Sustainable?
As a consumer, you have seafood choices. Not all fish and shellfish available in today's markets and restaurants are good choices from an environmental perspective. Populations of seafood vary over time, both naturally and depending on how heavily they are fished. Some are in good shape due in part to good fisheries management, and those are excellent seafood choices.
Why Choose Local?
When you buy local you help sustain a local economy, support endangered family farms, protect the environment since local food doesn't travel far, and help safeguard your family's health. Local food is freshier, healthier, and flat-out tastes better.
Especially in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster after the earthquake in Japan, people are rightfully concerned about radiation levels in their seafood. Fortunately, experts such as those at the FDA, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute are monitoring seafood. Here are some important news stories on the subject.
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In July 2014, the FDA completed a study of fish submitted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation -- pollock, salmon, halibut, and sablefish -- and found that there we NO traces of radiation from the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Read the good news HERE.
The FDA declares "U.S. Seafood Safe and Unaffected by Radiation Contamination from Japanese
Nuclear Power Plant Incident; U.S. Monitoring Control Strategy Explained." Read the story and the science behind it on the FDA's web site (PDF form) HERE.
The Oregonian story from November 19, 2013 covers the topic well, suggesting fears over Fukushima radiation are unwarranted. See the story HERE.
See THIS STORY from Think Progress for a great September 2013 profile on the subject.
Southern Fried Science dispels 28 fallacies in a report HERE.
Oregon State University conducted a study specifically on Albacore Tuna which was published in the Del Norte (California) Triplicate also concluding albacore are perfectly safe, which you can read HERE.
Finally, THIS STORY from the Medical Daily offers confidence from the medical community.