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The Bangor Daily News reports that last week, Delhaize-owned Hannaford Supermarkets said that "it has put into place a sustainable policy that encapsulates all seafood across the store - from fresh fish and shellfish to canned and packaged goods to frozen product," and said that it is the “first and only” major grocery chain to implement the “broadest sustainable seafood policy” in the US.

According to the story, George Parmenter, sustainability manager for Hannaford, said that "the new policy was developed with help from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, and traces each of more than 2,500 products back to where they were sourced, down to the precise fishery. The store’s policy for wild seafood requires products are caught in a fishery that is under a scientifically based management plan. The policy on farmed seafood demands that production doesn’t harm communities, workers, the environment or human health."

Parmenter said that the Hannaford policy also is in place at all the more than 1,400 Delhaize stores in the US, including Food Lion and Sweetbay.
KC's View:
This is just the first of three stories this morning that point to the fact that doing good can be good for business. I approve ... all things being equal, I'd rather patronize a company that has solid sustainability practices and credentials.

It is amazing how this story has evolved over just a few years. It was not that long ago that we had a story on MNB about scientists worrying that the oceans were being over-fished, and I got a ton of email saying that this was absurd. Now, in most respected scientific circles, this seems to be accepted fact.