Target no longer selling farmed salmon

Target no longer selling farmed salmon

There are 52 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 26, 2010, titled Target no longer selling farmed salmon. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Target said today it has stopped selling farmed salmon at its stores, and now offers only wild Alaskan salmon, heeding complaints that fish farming harms the environment.

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“it takes a lot to laugh”

Since: Oct 09

St Paul

#42 Jan 27, 2010
GMN wrote:
<quoted text>Don't forget the carrots, they're our friends!!
Yes, carrots rock!!
Go Fish

Minneapolis, MN

#43 Jan 27, 2010
Red wrote:
It's about money with an enviro-friendly marketing twist.
Target will be offering primarily "Keta" salmon.
In Alaska, we refer to it as "dog salmon" with good reason...
Congratulations you've just accurately described supply and demand. Way to blow the lid off that one, Adam Smith.

I went to SuperTarget last night to see what they had. I found Coho, Sockeye and, yes, Keta (aka Dog) in a few different sizes. As I recall, Coho cost more than Sockeye, Sockeye cost more than Keta, so everything seems to be in order. I went with the dog because I could get a pound and a half of fillets for like nine bucks.
Target buckles

Minneapolis, MN

#44 Jan 27, 2010
Why would Target buckle to the demands of an outfit like Greenpeace USA. Greenpeace is strictly a special interest group with an agenda, which is to terminate all surface farming, to make people rely on wild catches and kills for their food, then along comes PETA after Greenpeace has done their part by eliminated fish farms, now PETA another special interest group will demand stores not to sell anything that contains, fish, meat or poultry and as Target has shown it will buckle and abide to that demand, the only thing left for consumers to eat will be, berries, bark and weeds, sounds good, until another special interest group pops up demanding we stop eating berries, bark and weeds. The biggest threat to this country is special interest groups, plain and simple.

“REUNITE GONDWANALAND!”

Since: Jun 08

Woodbury

#45 Jan 27, 2010
Target buckles wrote:
Why would Target buckle to the demands of an outfit like Greenpeace USA. Greenpeace is strictly a special interest group with an agenda, which is to terminate all surface farming, to make people rely on wild catches and kills for their food, then along comes PETA after Greenpeace has done their part by eliminated fish farms, now PETA another special interest group will demand stores not to sell anything that contains, fish, meat or poultry and as Target has shown it will buckle and abide to that demand, the only thing left for consumers to eat will be, berries, bark and weeds, sounds good, until another special interest group pops up demanding we stop eating berries, bark and weeds. The biggest threat to this country is special interest groups, plain and simple.
The article stated that Greenpeace applauded Target's decision, not that Greenpeace had any influence in the decision making. Corporations are interested in making money, and to do that, they tend to respond to customer demands. I doubt Target would have switched to wild salmon if health conscious customers (wild salmon has far fewer carcinogenic contaminants than farmed salmon) had not been asking for it.
reader

Minneapolis, MN

#46 Jan 27, 2010
taxtaxtax wrote:
They support killing babies at Planned Parenthood but get their political underwear in a bunch over fish farming!?!? Yikes. I'll stick with Wal Mary!
They? who is they? Concerned fisherman? Liberals? taxtaxtax huh? Who does taxation affect? Do you make 100K a year? Why do you stupid tea bagging, gun loving, freedom at any cost conservatives keep electing rich white guys who just want to make sure the poor stay poor and the rich stay rich? How can you draw a comparison like that? Killing babies and farming salmon? You want to make generalizations? Why don't you go find a hooked on phonics book and get your GED. Maybe that will help you string together a few logical thoughts.
Target buckles

Minneapolis, MN

#47 Jan 27, 2010
Darwinian wrote:
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The article stated that Greenpeace applauded Target's decision, not that Greenpeace had any influence in the decision making. Corporations are interested in making money, and to do that, they tend to respond to customer demands. I doubt Target would have switched to wild salmon if health conscious customers (wild salmon has far fewer carcinogenic contaminants than farmed salmon) had not been asking for it.
I have no idea how far you fell when you landed on your head, put apparently it was far enough to shake something lose, if you think Target made this decision without being pushed by some special interest group then you may have suffered more brain damage than you realize, as the article stated Greenpeace is saying fish farming is destroying the environment, so take that statement and run with it. It is strictly special interest groups that are making most all the decisions we have to tolerate and live with today, as one sided as it is.
ForReal

Saint Paul, MN

#48 Jan 27, 2010
Darwinian wrote:
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The article stated that Greenpeace applauded Target's decision, not that Greenpeace had any influence in the decision making. Corporations are interested in making money, and to do that, they tend to respond to customer demands. I doubt Target would have switched to wild salmon if health conscious customers (wild salmon has far fewer carcinogenic contaminants than farmed salmon) had not been asking for it.
Barney Frank writes laws and Greenpeace controls business decisions at Target Corp. Get with the program.

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Olathe, KS

#49 Jan 27, 2010
Cake wrote:
Hmmm, let's unravel some links here;
- Target is Oprah Winfreys favorite store.
- Oprah is good friends with Dr. Andrew Weil, Nutritionist
- Andrew Weil is on the payroll of Vital Choice Seafoods (supplier of only Alaska seafood)
- Vital Choice Seafoods is a financial supporter of Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch program
- it was Monterey Bay who talks talks Target into joining their "marketing" program for Alaska salmon
Dirty stuff folks. And all this on the back of hard working salmon farmers who apparently don't get even get asked their opinion. Nice. Real nice.
So how does this relate to Kevin Bacon?

“Who, me?”

Since: Jun 08

Amery

#50 Jan 28, 2010
JTY wrote:
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So how does this relate to Kevin Bacon?
Bacon wrapped salmon is yummy?
Sam

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Jan 28, 2010
Netting wild salmon don't hurt the environment??

Arn't salmon part of the environment?

AND isn't netting harmfull?

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Olathe, KS

#52 Jan 28, 2010
ottermann wrote:
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Bacon wrapped salmon is yummy?
No the correct answer is that Oprah was in "Native Sons" with Matt Dillion who was in "Wild Things" with.....KEVIN BACON! I am not sure if there was any salmon in there though.
Vivian Krause

Richmond, Canada

#53 Feb 2, 2010
When Greenpeace applauded Target for dropping farmed salmon in favor of Alaskan salmon, what Greenpeace didn't say is that it was paid $300,000 by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation "to lead a North American retailer campaign."

U.S. tax returns and the foundation's show that since 2000 the David and Lucile Packard foundation has granted more than $60 million to support the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and promote MSC-certified fish - most of which is Alaskan. This included $12.7 Million to get Wal-mart and other U.S. retailers to sell MSC-certified fish and at least $12.4 Million to "reform" fish farming (read: thwart the competition).

Facing stiff competition from farmed salmon, the value of Alaskan wild fish crashed over the course of the 1990s, losing 75 percent of its value.
Alaskan fishermen not only lost their prime markets, they nearly lost their cherished way of life. Since 2002 and the bad press over farmed salmon, consumers and restaurants have been swayed back to "wild" salmon. The ex-vessel value of Alaskan salmon has tripled from $125 million to $409 million in 2008.

Taking farmed salmon off store shelves is wrong for three reasons:

1) Salmon farming avoids some of the worst risks to wild salmon: over-fishing, ghost nets, by-catch, and the strain of Alaska's ocean-ranching of billions of hatchery-born salmon on the food chain and the carrying capacity of the Pacific ecosystem. Unfortunately, its too cold for salmon farming in most of Alaska.

2) Farmed salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, according to a report from the U.S. Institute of Medicine, farmed salmon is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other commonly-eaten fish and lower in mercury than almost all other fish. Harvard scientists estimate that eating fish weekly reduces the risk of a fatal heart attack by one third. The American Heart Association estimates that cardiovascular disease kills 2,400 Americans every day and cost $409 BILLION in 2009.

3) Fish farming provides sorely needed jobs in rural communities. In contrast, commercial fishing is seasonal. Canadian tax-payers spend about $30 Million per year on employment insurance for commercial fishermen in British Columbia alone.

So, who benefits from the campaign against farmed salmon?

When it comes to salmon, Alaska believes its got the real thing. The fuss over farmed vs. "wild" salmon is as much about marketing as Pepsi vs. Coke.

Protecting a livelihood and a cultural heritage is a noble pursuit, but thwarting the competition in the name of sustainability is not the way to go about it. In today's tough times, there are far better ways for American foundations to use their wealth and tax-free privileges.

More info: http://fairquestions.typepad.com/fishfarmfuss...

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