Just how earth-friendly and sustainable is Wild Planet Foods as a company?
Greenpeace places these guys on top for Earth-friendly, sustainable Canadian Albacore. That’s a pretty decent thumbs up.
Pole and troll tuna fishing is rated as the best catch method for tuna by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program, Blue Ocean Institute, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Greenpeace and other industry experts, and Wild Planet sources tuna only from pole and troll catch fisheries–none from long-line or purse seine fisheries.
Wild Planet are 100% compliant and has been since 2004. Since Wild Planet workers take delivery of the fish right off their boats (many of the boat owners are shareholders in the company), this makes Wild Planet one of the very few packaged seafood companies that oversees choosing the highest quality fish from the catch, directing quality control in the packing of the product, and offering the product to customers. With their stringent “hook-to-shelf” philosophy, they are able to assure their products are their finest and are in compliance with their mission.
High-Level Omega 3’s. Not only does their Albacore have such a high level of Omega 3 ( about 140% of recommended daily value by the American Heart Association. Each two ounce serving contains 933 mg of DHA and 300 mg of EPA Omega 3. There are few foods on the planet that match this DHA content), they cook their albacore once in the can so all the natural Omega 3 are intact without adding water or oil. (Many large national brands of tuna lose most of the Omega 3 in their pre-cooking process before the fish is combined in the can with water or vegetable oil. They sell the extracted Omega 3 oil to supplement manufacturers to use in the production of Omega 3 capsules.)
Low-Mercury Fish. The troll-caught albacore in the North Pacific fishery are lower in mercury because these migratory fish are smaller (about 9 to 25 pounds) than the long-line caught older fish that reach up to 70 pounds after ten to fifteen years of growth. Because the longer a fish lives and feeds, the more it bio-accumulates mercury, Wild Planet packs only these smaller fish. Wild Planet Albacore Tuna contains less than half the mercury as compared to nationally branded albacore tuna. Therefore, according the guidelines established by the FDA, consumption of Wild Planet Albacore tuna 6-7 times per week (12-14 ounces per week total) — with each serving limited to 2 ounces as well — would still be below the recommended FDA range for mercury consumption on a weekly basis for women and children. Per these FDA guidelines, men and women not of childbearing age may safely consume more than the 6 ounces of nationally brand albacore tuna or 12-14 ounces of Wild Planet Albacore Tuna.
Wild Sardines: Ounce per ounce, Wild Planet sardines provide more calcium and phosphorous than milk, more iron than spinach, more potassium than coconut water and bananas, and as much protein as one steak. One can of Wild Planet Sardines contains 313mg EPA and 688mg DHA Omega 3 and contain Q10 (CoQ10). And for only 73 calories per 2 ounces (in water, 110 calories packed in olive oil) (and 0 carbs), you can enjoy these anywhere you typically enjoy sardines–only you know that the sustainability aspect makes these all the more attractive–well, as attractive as fish can be… My husband loves these small fish, and he (and the cat) went to work on the healthy can of eco-friendly fish.
Wild Albacore Tuna: Hand-cut and packed sashimi grade tuna steaks in a micro-canning process means the Omega 3 oils are retained and no liquid is added, so no draining is necessary. In BPA-free cans, the smaller fish are picked for less mercury accumulation, and with 5 ounces of tuna in every can, this Pacific Northwest delicacy will take you back home (without the need for an umbrella). And for only 120 calories and 0 carbohydrates per serving, you can rest assured you’re eating something that won’t bust your dietary budget for the day. And my ardent-tuna-fan kids, it’s especially nice knowing I don’t have to worry about the kids ingesting excess mercury from their fish.
Price: $4.99 per each 5 ounce can of albacore, $3.50 per 4.5 ounce can of sardines .
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Disclosure: Wild Planet has provided these products free of charge for review, but this has not affected my review of the items.