Julie Packard named to “50 Most Powerful Food People for 2012”
Executive Director Julie Packard has been named one of “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2012” by the influential website The Daily Meal, because of the impact our Seafood Watch program is having on demand for sustainable seafood.
Julie ranks No. 20 on the list –- behind Food Network President Brooke Johnston (No. 1), Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (No. 2), First Lady Michelle Obama (No. 8), Chef Wolfgang Puck (No. 13) and the CEOs of Walmart, McDonalds, Monsanto, PepsiCo and Kraft.
“Our ultimate criterion was simply this,” wrote Daily Meal editor and Saveur magazine founder Colman Andrews. “Is each person on our list capable, whether by dint of corporate station, media access, moral authority, or sheer personality, of substantially changing, improving, and/or degrading the quality and variety of the American diet or the way we think about it? If so, how absolute is the power he or she can bring to bear?”
In evaluating Julie’s influence, the editors concluded that because of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s pioneering efforts in the sustainable seafood movement, “Chefs and responsible consumers all over the country now consult its Seafood Watch list (in the form of wallet cards, a web site, and an app) of sustainable choices in fish and shellfish, thus impacting the seafood marketplace from coast to coast.”
“It’s an honor to be included on this list, and a testament to the impact we want to have in transforming the way seafood is caught and farmed,” Julie said. “From the beginning, we’ve used the best available science as a way to help consumers, chefs and large businesses use their purchasing power to assure a future with healthy oceans.”
Since 1999, we’ve distributed 40 million Seafood Watch consumer pocket guides –- six regional guides, a national guide, a guide to sushi and two Spanish-language guides –- to help individuals make ocean-friendly seafood choices. Our iPhone and Android Seafood Watch apps have been downloaded nearly 900,000 times. The apps also let users map and share the locations of restaurants and retailers where they find sustainable seafood items.
The Seafood Watch science program is the basis for recommendations created by many sustainable seafood programs in North America. Seafood Watch partners directly with the two largest food service companies in North America –- ARAMARK and Compass Group –- to help them shift millions of pounds of seafood purchases annually in more sustainable directions. Seafood Watch recommendations are used to guide wild-caught seafood choices at Whole Foods Market, which has committed to eliminating all red-list Avoid seafood no later than Earth Day 2013.
Seafood Watch partners with nearly 200 aquariums, zoos, science centers and public agencies nationwide to spread the word about the connection between consumer seafood choices and the health of the oceans.
We also work closely with noted chefs and culinary celebrities, and each year at our Cooking for Solutions culinary celebration we honor more than a dozen who are leaders in the movement to make sustainable foods –- including sustainable seafood –- the national norm.
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