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Why This Matters: Like family farms, in the U.S., family-owned and small fishing businesses almost all struggle to stay in business due to stiff competition from cheap imports, and that was before COVID -19 struck. Now seafood supply chains have been disrupted globally and also in the U.S. Imported seafood is not always sustainably harvested — fisheries management rules are looser or non-existent in many other countries. “During this time of uncertainty, we can be certain that choosing healthy and fresh seafood caught in the United States for our next meal is a smart decision,” said Eric Schwaab, of the Environmental Defense Fund said in a statement.
An organization called Sea Pact, which is a group of 11 seafood distributors in the U.S. and Canada, is working to maintain progress on sustainability while meeting shifting consumer demand at an unprecedented moment. Sea Pact’s members have been making more direct-to-consumer sales, home deliveries and even engaging in mail-order business to get seafood on peoples’ dinner tables while still guaranteeing that the fish was sustainably caught. Sea Pact has also created a “b to b” marketplace selling to each other within Sea Pact, recognizing that some members will be short on some seafood products and some will have extra product. One New England fisher is washing and packaging 150,000 pounds of sea scallops a day through individual tunnel freezers, storing them for when the pandemic is over. But, according to The Post, he worries that when regular life resumes, a glut of scallops will mean tanking prices.
Why This Matters: The fact that Bayer is likely to get approval for this new crop, which would be resistant to the active chemical in Roundup, suggests that the losses in court had and will continue to have little impact on the company’s trajectory. Just because these herbicides won’t “harm” GE corn does not mean they won’t harm us.
As Pride Month has come to a close, we wanted to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community who are breaking down barriers — gastronomic and cultural. Earlier this week a blog on Ecowatch.com called Food Tank spotlighted 24 collectives, farms, and other organizations that are working to strengthen LGBTQ+ representation in the food system, which […]
With supermarkets running low on meat, seafood is a healthy option, and sales of frozen seafood like shrimp and canned seafood (much of which is imported) are up over last year, according to some retailers. Most of the domestic seafood landed and sold in the U.S. comes from small fishing businesses and goes to restaurants and those sales are down as much as 95% across the country.
Why This Matters: Congress provided $300m for fishers in stimulus funding, but it is only a “drop in the bucket” of what is needed to keep fishers afloat said Alaskan commercial fisher Julie Decker on Tuesday at a forum convened by the Ocean Caucus Foundation.
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