Here is why I don’t buy Dongwon tuna–well, an added reason.
Greenpeace has been ranking cans of tuna for years based on sustainability. They released their first list in 2015. Since then, they have noticed that U.S. retailers have worked to carry more responsibly-caught tuna. Julie R. Thomson writes about the list in a recent Huffington Post article.
Here is the worst out of 20 brands:
Here is what Greenpeace had to say (via HuffPo):
To people inside Korea, Dongwon tuna may sound familiar.
They are the dominant tuna company in Korea. I haven’t trusted them for years.
A few years ago, I found myself sharing dinner with a few bigwigs in the Korean food world. I sat next to one of the executives of Dongwon tuna. I don’t remember what the subject of conversation was about, but he brought up that they tried to follow trends by putting the label “Dolphin Safe” on their cans, but he didn’t notice a change in sales. He had this oblivious look like he didn’t understand why sustainability was important. It was more like he was playing a game of Simon Says and was just following what others were doing.
It became apparent that they were doing this all for show. Even if it did say “Dolphin Safe,” I got a feeling from my conversation with him that it would be in name only. The old standby of image before reality.
Even though U.S. retailers, and thus producers, have responded and upped their game, don’t expect stodgy Dongwon tuna to follow along until it’s long been left behind.
I don’t know about other Korean tuna producers. But I have had a good in-person reason to not trust any tuna from Dongwon.
While I respect your opinion, I don’t see why “I shouldn’t either” nor why anyone else shouldn’t. Half of this article is based on a single, zealous interpretation of an offhand comment, digging for confirmatory implications where nothing can be confirmed.
You are free not to trust this company or that, and I am free not to trust your analysis of an “oblivious look”, whatever that means. It is certainly nothing even approaching the proximity of fact based opinion.
You are a blogger. I don’t expect you to be an investigative journalist. But the tone here annoyed me deeply. As a Korean national, your voice is distinctly American.
why does the usa allow this kind of unsanity by sold to us?
Agree. Dongwon ought to sue this guy for libel 🤣