Put down your fork -- Whole Foods is not telling you the whole story. The dirty little secret of their seafood rating system is that it ignores the largest and most imminent threat to our oceans: greenhouse-gas emissions.
We all can agree on the importance of clean air and water. However, it is inaccurate and irresponsible to conflate recreational fishing issues with the consumption of safe and healthful commercial seafood.
This year, the Common Fisheries Policy is up for review. Europe's politicians now have the task of crafting policies that respect science and marine ecosystems, and make Europe's fishing industry sustainable.
According to a recent UN report, the poorest of the poor, people living on less than $2 per day, get more than half of their income from the benefits that nature provides. We can't reach our conservation goals without addressing poverty.
A report by the Pew Oceans Commission contains a slew of data on the dilapidated condition of US waterways. Among the threats are disappearing marshes, invasive species of fish, and all manner of pollutants.