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Gold Standard Evaluation: Whole Foods Market Aquaculture Purchasing Standards

Authors: 
Environmental Law Institute and The Ocean Foundation
Date Released: 
December 2008
Gold Standard Evaluation: Whole Foods Market Aquaculture Purchasing Standards

Click here for the Gold Standard for Sustainable Aquaculture Ecolabel Design.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and The Ocean Foundation (TOF) have carried out the first evaluation of the farmed seafood purchasing standards recently released by the Whole Foods Market grocery chain. The evaluation compared the Whole Foods purchasing standards against the Gold Standard for Aquaculture Ecolabel Design. ELI and TOF found that the retailer is taking commendable steps to reduce the environmental and social impacts of fish and shrimp farming, or aquaculture, but also identified some weaknesses and offered several clear steps to improve the standards.

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