September 20th, 2010
Every year, the non-profit Environmental Working Group releases a list dubbed the “Dirty Dozen” of the most pesticide riddled fruits and vegetables. An indispensable planning and budgeting tool, the list helps families determine which fruits and veggies are worth the cost for organic. Now, thanks to another non-profit, Food and Water Watch, there’s a similar tool for fish. Their National Smart Seafood Guide includes a handy list of the 12 least safe and sustainable fish.
Though this is not the first seafood guide of its kind, it is one of the few (the only?) that considers both sustainability and safety. Such a relief! (On more than one occasion, I’ve spent time cross referencing options before hitting the fish market.) They also offer a printable seafood guide that’s perfect for your wallet, provide safe seafood suggestions based on your taste (mild fish, steak-like, etc.), and provide regional guides. Now all they need is an iPhone app! (You hear that Food and Water Watch?!)
The following 12 fish failed at least two the groups criteria, making them the dirty dozen of the sea. If you can, avoid these fish, especially if feeding young children:
WIth sustainable, safe seafood in hand, you can head home and cook one of these fish recipes with confidence!