Sen. Brown: Whole Foods policy hurts fishermen

Posted April 23, 2012, at 10:30 p.m.

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is asking Whole Foods to reconsider a decision to no longer sell seafood it doesn’t consider sustainable.

In a letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb Monday, Brown said the decision has more to do with political correctness than sound reasoning.

The Massachusetts Republican questioned what he called “uncertain science,” and said the decision will hurt Massachusetts fishermen.

Whole Foods President A.C. Gallo said the company is so committed to the region it set up its own Gloucester seafood processing facility in 1996 and has found enough Massachusetts fishermen to meet the company’s needs for responsibly-caught seafood.

Whole Foods Market announced it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, including octopus, gray sole, skate, Atlantic halibut and Atlantic cod caught by trawls.

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