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Organic living transition – you CAN do it!

Do you know what’s in your fish?

I heard someone say that once you truly become aware of the many chemicals that are in our foods and products, it changes your life forever. They were so right. Since the day I opened my mind to the world of organic products and food, I see everything with a different set of eyes. I ask more questions, I read more labels, I make more conscious decisions (far from perfect, but definitely nowhere near where I was before).

So, as I read one of my posts where I talked about having a grilled tilapia salad, the bell went off in my head again. I was intrigued by the fact that I couldn’t find any fish in the grocery store labeled certified organic. So, off to the internet I went again 🙂

It turns out that fish is one of those items that the USDA National Organics Standards Board is still trying to figure out. Both farmed-fish as well as wild-caught fish have issues that continue to be debated. I was a little shocked to learn that to-date, there really is no USDA certified organic fish.

Seafood Watch GuideSince fish is a huge part of my diet, I continued to research to find out what fish is ok to eat. I came across a great resource called the Seafood Watch program. This program is maintained by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On their site, they list the best fish to buy, based on what region of the United States you live in. Each fish is categorized as “Best”, “Good” and “Avoid”. They even have a handy little guide you can print out and take with you to the grocery store, or for those of you with fancier phones, they also have an app you can download to your phone.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program creates science-based recommendations that help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices. So, I highly recommend checking their site out, and downloading the guide or the app so that you can make more informed purchasing decisions at the grocery store.

What’s your favorite fish. Take a look at the Seafood Watch guide and see where the fish you normally buy falls. Hopefully, the fish you buy is in the “best” or “good” range. If not, please consider other options…for your health and longevity.

August 14th, 2010
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