Safeway, Whole Foods Get Greenpeace Green Rating For Seafood Sales

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For the first time ever two major seafood retailers have been given a green rating in Greenpeace's Carting Away to Oceans report: In the 2012 rankings, out of twenty companies surveyed, only Whole Foods and Safeway get top marks. The majority of retailers however received a passing grade, with only four (Meier, Supervalu, Publix, and BI-LO/Winn-Dixie) failing.

Greenpeace notes that since 2008 US seafood retailers have improved significantly, with both the top performers doing a better job at eliminating sales of red list species, and the overall performance of all retailers improving.

On red list species (those most threatened by overfishing), Greenpeace notes:

Since the CATO project began in 2007, the 20 retailers analyzed within the report have discontinued a total of 67 red list species—over 20% of the total number originally sold. Most of this progress was made in the past two years, which is indicative of a growing trend within the sector to eschew unsustainable seafood products in favor of more responsible and defensible alternatives.

Here's the full report: Carting Away the Oceans 6

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