With 75 percent of the world's wild fish stocks already depleted or recovering from depletion, and the eco-harms of farmed fish becoming well known, some environmentally conscious consumers choosing to abandon seafood entirely. Sustainable seafood exists, but finding it it can be very confusing if you're not one to carry around a pamphlet to stores and restaurants.
December 3, 2007
The National Organics Standards Board recently met to decide whether farmed fish can qualify for the government's organic label. For many proponents of organic food, the debate provides another example of the watering down of both the concept and labeling of 'organic' food.
November 30, 2007
There is no question that dollar stores provide bargains and more consumers have started to look toward them for basic needs. Yet, dollar stores bargains are accompanied by products that may be health hazards. Consumer Reports tested some of the more popular products bought from dollar stores and found both bargains and dangers.
November 24, 2007
Target just asked the Department of Agriculture for permission to attach a label to its meat treated with carbon monoxide. The label would explain to consumers that carbon monoxide is used to preserve the color of the meat, and serves as a warning to not rely solely on appearance when judging the quality of the meat. While certainly thinking of its customers, Target has not followed Safeway and Tyson Foods, among others, and banned meat treated with carbon monoxide from its stores.
November 13, 2007
There has been some friction of late between ethical certifiers over differing standards for "fair trade" and "organic." With industry-backed labels like Utz and QAI joining the ranks of Transfair or NOP, questions are being raised about the effect that the entry of large corporations into the ethical products markets will have on the integrity of these products. Are we close to a day when we'll have to carry a wallet-sized chart of all the various ethical labels just to know which ones walk the walk?
November 13, 2007