Life certainly was fun while it lasted out there in the ocean. I wasn’t an exceptional shark by any means–never on Shark Week or in an epic battle with a zombie–just a normal fish with a cartilaginous skeleton doing my thing, always moving and capitalizing on 64 million years of evolution. That is, until I got scooped up by the tuna industry. Then it was game over for me. Continue reading →
Skipjack tuna and bycatch caught in the net of a purse seiner using fish aggregation devices (FADs)
Walmart’s own brand of tuna might be low cost. But it comes at a high price to our oceans.
That’s because what you’ll find inside a can of Walmart’s ‘Great Value’ tuna has been caught in the some of the most destructive ways imaginable. These destructive fishing practices unnecessarily kill tens of thousands of sharks, sea turtles, rays and other sea creatures every year.
…just to let us down, Chicken of the Sea. Those of us at Greenpeace who dedicate our work to promoting sustainable fishing practices were on the edge of our seats awaiting the notable canned tuna company’s debut sustainability report. Unfortunately, we got our hopes up for nothing. Most of the issues about which we’re most dismayed regarding the company’s practices were largely ignored in the report. Below is a reaction from Casson Trenor, senior markets campaigner, who spends his days fighting for our oceans. Continue reading →
It’s hard to quantify how environmentally harmful the foods we eat are, but the Huffington Post has taken a stab at it for Earth Day by compiling a list of the “Top Ten Most Harmful Foods for the Environment.” Tuna comes in at #8 on the list in terms of carbon footprint. But how accurate is that when we look at overall environmental destruction? When I think of the way tuna company Chicken of the Sea treats our oceans, US canned tuna merits a podium position. Continue reading →
Multi-million dollar US advertising campaign to promote unsustainable canned tuna collapses
In March, just a year after the launch of a planned three-year, multi-million dollar advertising push to try and increase sales of unsustainable canned tuna in the US, the “Tuna the Wonderfish” advertising campaign – funded by US tuna companies and executed by the US industry lobby group National Fisheries Institute (NFI) – has collapsed, having already spent a staggering $20 million dollars (15 million euros) of a planned $60 million budget.
Thinking Outside the Can with Tarragon Trout Fritters with Beetroot Mayonnaise
There is life without eating tuna! Personally, I have quit eating tuna already for 8 years and I do care very much that the seafood that gets onto our plates is from sustainable sources. Greenpeace has started a campaign in order to finally stop ripping up our oceans. So people out there it is time to finally wake up! Why not try these trout fritters instead the usual tuna stuff?
In this age of hurried meals, when even the most avid cooks crave a degree of convenience, casseroles can seem like a charming anachronism. They bring to mind perfect 1950s moms, wearing aprons and pearl earrings. Yet, there is irresistible comfort in a heartwarming casserole, and the entire enterprise can be brought up to date with contemporary ingredients and fresh produce. Here’s a vegan version of an old-fashioned casserole.
When I think of tuna, I think of being a kid. Of schooltime lunches: cold sandwiches packed by my mom or hot melts with cheese. Of the multitude of casseroles my mom used to make (so many casseroles!); I remember two in particular: a creamy one with peas and toast, and a crispy one topped with potato chips and brown sugar (they really did taste so much better than they sound). I think of summertime, picnics and parties, and cold tuna pasta salad. I love tuna, and for me, it’s just one of those foods that has a million memories attached to it.
Greenpeace emailed me last week to tell me about a recipe contest they launched, called Think Outside the Can, to raise awareness regarding the destructive and irresponsible tuna fishing practices that many major companies engage in.