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Why Boycotting Canadian Seafood could Save Seals with Cat Cora

January 21, 2011

Chefs for Seals – Making a Difference Where it Hurts

Stunning photography by fashion photographer Nigel Barker captures the beauty of these creatures in their natural habitat.

Chilling fact:  The gruesome act of seal hunting is still alive and well.  According to the Humane Society of the US website, ninety-seven percent of the seals killed are younger than 3 months old, primarily for their fur, which is exported for use in fashion markets. Canada’s commercial seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on Earth, with nearly 1 million seals killed in the past five years alone. 

But there’s hope. 

Chefs for Seals, an organization of chefs and restaurateurs united with The Humane Society of the US and celeb fashion photographer Nigel  Barker, are aiming to put it to an end with a movement that hits the heart and the wallet.   On January 10th the tour stopped in Los Angeles with hosts Cat Cora and Nigel Barker, and I got to attend along with a bevy of LA’s best chefs, stars and supporters.  We got to observe the breathtaking exhibit of seal stills by Barker accompanied by unsettling descriptions of their brutal slaughter, a sea of red taking over the pristine white landscape.  But the call to action for all of us was clear – boycott Canadian seafood.

So what does Canadian seafood have to do with all of this? It turns out that the majority of the seal hunts or ‘sealing’ takes place in Canada and is part of Canada’s fishing industry.  By encouraging restaurants, chefs and consumers to boycott Canadian seafood, it hits hard financially, as it’s estimated the the U.S. accounts for about two-thirds of its consumption.

The Red Lobster restaurant chain has gotten a lot of heat in their kitchens as the world’s largest purchaser of Canadian seafood. However, over 5,500 restaurants and grocery stores have joined the boycott.  Before you frequent your favorite seafood purveyor, visit The Humane Society’s website for more information on those who support the effort at

It turns out we can all make a difference and a real impact with the color green – our dollars.

Q&A With Cat Cora

Mareya: Why did you align with HSUS and the Chefs for Seals initiative?  

Cat Cora: I had the honor of cooking an all Vegan dinner for The HSUS at the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago, and have wanted to get involved & help where I could ever since.

Mareya: Do you feel that by boycotting Canadian seafood, we’ll be able to stop the seal hunts?

Cat Cora:  I think that with chefs nationwide all joining together & boycotting Canadian seafood, by no longer providing the US market, this mentality will spread worldwide & eventually we can put an end to these unnecessary slaughters.

Mareya:  As a chef, how realistic is it to completely avoid Canadian seafood?  Does it limit your offerings?                                             

Cat Cora:  Not at all~ There are plenty of other sources offering great seafood, but time has to be put in to search for them — Definitely worth the time spent to save so many baby seals’ lives!

Mareya:  What would you like to tell consumers of seafood and our readers about Chefs for Seals?                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Cat Cora:  If you’re a chef & or in charge of sourcing product for your restaurant/shop/market, please sign the pledge & commit to boycotting Canadian seafood.  If you’re a consumer, please ask when dining out where the seafood came from to best avoid any seafood products from Canada, and always buy more locally farmed seafood from your fish market or grocery store.  Talk to your purveyors to find out where they caught the fish, and to ensure they follow only humane practices.


Dishing with Cat Cora at the Humane Society’s Chefs for Seals Event

Protection of Food Supply Faces Problems

February 12, 2010


By Bill Whitaker

(CBS)  When it comes to agriculture, America is indeed the land of plenty. Foods raised here and imported from around the world provide greater abundance and choice than ever before. But while our foods are bountiful, they’re also inconsistently regulated.

The U.S. has one of the safest food supplies in the world, but the report card is mixed, reports CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker. Every year 33 percent of Canadians get sick from what they eat. In the U.S., it’s 25 percent. But in England it’s only 2 percent and in France just 1 percent. In both places food is grown more locally and on a smaller scale than in North America.
For part of the CBS News series “Where America Stands,” a recent poll found that just one in three Americans are very confident that the food they buy is safe although the vast majority are at least somewhat confident that their food is safe.

Special Report: “Where America Stands”

Safety always comes first in 12-year-old Rylee Gustafson’s kitchen.
“I need to wash my hands … I touched my jeans,” Gustafson said in her Henderson, Nev., home recently. She, more than anyone, knows that even good food can hurt you. In 2006, on her 9th birthday, she ate a spinach salad and was infected with a virulent strain of e-coli.
“It felt like killer pain, and my organs started to shut down,” Gustafson told Whitaker.
Kathleen Chrismer, Rylee’s mother, told Whitaker that she panicked when she didn’t know what was hurting her daughter.
“You really didn’t think you were going to pull through?” Whitaker asked Gustafson.
“I really felt that bad,” she said.
She spent 35 days in the hospital on dialysis. Today she’s still wary of fresh fruits and vegetables and has a damaged heart, kidney and vocal chords.

The Problem
Her story is just one example of the problem of food safety. Over the last few years, widespread outbreaks in spinach, tomatoes, peppers and peanut products sickened thousands and killed nearly a dozen Americans. Every year there are 76 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.

Today Americans consume more fresh produce, increasingly from imports from around the world. But imported produce is inspected even less than home-grown harvests. “Ninety-nine percent of the food that you’re buying at the grocery store that comes from foreign coutnries has not been inspected by the FDA,” said Erik Olson, director of food and consumer product safety at the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Olson says the Food and Drug Administration is simply not up to the task. The FDA is responsible for 80 percent of the food supply, which is everything but meat and poultry.

The number of food producers under FDA jurisdiction has increased, but the number of inspections is going down. Between 2001 and 2007, the number of domestic food producers increased from 51,000 to 65,500. At the same time, the number of producers inspected fell from 14,721 to 14,566, according to the Government Accountability Office.  “They simply do not have the tools to really protect our food supply,” Olson told Whitaker. 

Gustafson traveled to Washington to share her story with members of Congress. She’ll probably need a kidney transplant when she’s a teenager. Until then, she just wants to see this bill pass.  “I would love to see that so people don’t have to take the risk,” Gustafson told Whitaker. “They know that it’s probably not gonna have a bacteria that’s gonna kill you or your child.”  Having safe food, she says, is not too much to ask.

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January 13, 2010

#9:  Don’t count on calories:  If you’re looking to lose weight by counting calories, you’ve got one more thing to think about. Yes, it’s great that more and more restaurants are displaying the calorie counts for all the foods they serve but you may be biting off more than you intended to.   The problem is calorie counts may not add up to what’s being put in front of you when you sit down to dig in.  According to the New York Times… Anyone who counts calories by using the figures on menus in fast-food restaurants or on the packages of frozen meals may want to count again. When researchers tested the food served in 29 chain restaurants and 10 frozen meals sold in supermarkets, they found that their calorie content averaged considerably more than the stated values. And according to the FDA, packaged foods are allow to vary up to 20% and the restaurant meals also fell within this guideline, but 20% is still startling to say the list. One example the New York Times uses is, “The label on Lean Cuisine’s shrimp and angel-hair pasta says it has 220 calories, but the researchers measured it at 319”. That can add up to a whole lot of failure if you attempting to lose weight.


So what does Eat Cleaner think you should do? Start with less take out.  That means less packaged foods and less food on the go. It’s cleaner for you and cleaner for the planet and it’s getting a lot easier than you might think. Stick to whole grain, one-ingredient fresh foods that let you stay in control of what you put in your mouth.  Here’s one of our favorites, No Take Out, which offers all the tools you need to make no fuss week night meals.


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January 7, 2010

Eat Cleaner Prize Package Giveaway Valued at $100.00.  15 winners.

Fifteen lucky winners will receive a prize package of Eat Cleaner products that includes a Wash & Dryer Kit; 30-count wipes tray with reusable pouch; two 8-oz bottles of Fruit & Vegetable Wash; one bottle of Seafood & Poultry Wash; one 6-count wipes pouch and a reusable wood salad bowl with serving spoons. Approx. retail value: $100; Make your greens squeaky clean, your grapes greater and food safer with Eat Cleaner, the only all-natural, tasteless and odorless food wash for produce, seafood and poultry that is lab-proven to remove over 99.9% of salmonella and E. coli from the surface of food. Plus, Eat Cleaner helps inhibit food browning while prolonging the shelf life of fresh produce, saving you money. Use it on produce, seafood and poultry, but also on hands, utensils and cutting surfaces. A portion of proceeds benefits the nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World.

No purchase necessary Entry period: Wednesday January 06 2010 – Saturday March 06 2010



December 7, 2009

Newport Beach, CA (December 7, 2009)  – As news of food borne illness, viruses and unsafe food recalls become a regular occurrence, families are more concerned than ever about the safety of their food. Today, Grow Green Industries, Inc., the makers of EAT CLEANERTM All Natural Food Wipes + Wash, announced they have become a Trusted Partner of Healthy Child Healthy World, the nation’s leading nonprofit that educates families on preventing children from harmful chemical exposure.

For more than 18 years, Healthy Child has selectively collaborated with groups and companies that focus on reducing and eliminating chemical exposures from home products, furnishings and food. EAT CLEANERTM is now joining this prominent group of partners that have passed strict quality standards and due diligence investigations that demand ultimate transparency and integrity.

Made with FDA approved, food-safe ingredients, EAT CLEANERTM is the first all-natural, odorless and tasteless, lab tested product that removes pesticides, waxes and surface debris that can carry bacteria from produce, seafood and poultry. “Our alliance with Healthy Child Healthy World is an important step for us in being able to educate consumers about food safety.  Infants and children are most susceptible to the potentially harmful effects of food borne illness, toxins and bacteria. With our partnership, we’ll be able to reach more families interested in the preventative health and wellness of their families,” commented Mareya Ibrahim, Founder and President, Grow Green Industries, Inc. 

“Eat Cleaner’s products provide that extra level of safety and security for busy parents trying to raise happy and healthy children”, added Christopher Gavigan, CEO and Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World.  “Its really about peace of mind.  Here is an easy step parents can take at meal time to safeguard their families against pesticide exposure and potential food borne illness.” 

“As a mother of two young children, the partnership has an even deeper meaning.  We are committed to supporting families with education, awareness and products they can afford, so that they can thrive.  Our mission is perfectly aligned with Healthy Child,” added Ibrahim.

The EAT CLEANERTM line retails for $3.49-$22 online at,, and at select retailers, including Wegmans. 


EAT CLEANERTM is the only all-natural, tasteless and odorless food cleaning system for produce, seafood and poultry.  With a proprietary blend of fruit acids and plant based cleaners, EAT CLEANERTM is able to strip surface waxes, debris and pesticides away that water is unable to penetrate. EAT CLEANERTM was founded by a Ph.D. and his daughter, a mother of two, as a more effective alternative to rinsing food with water.

EAT CLEANERTM is based in Orange County, California.

Healthy Child Healthy World is a national nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. The organization exists because more than 125 million Americans, predominantly children, now face an historically unprecedented rise in chronic diseases and illnesses such as cancer, autism, asthma, allergies, birth defects, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and learning and developmental disabilities.

Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemicals as causing and contributing to many of these diseases. Healthy Child Healthy World aims to educate parents, support protective policies and engage communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish. Please visit for more info.


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