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It all began last week with the arrival of the African heat wave that reached Italy. The temperature is rising every day and Rome is sticky, hot and humid. Romans are used to it and just call it the “primo caldo” (the first hot)! I’m sure it will be a very long summer in the city.

The main problem is that with this hot weather, you cannot enjoy pasta and pizza the same way as before. Suddenly, you have to forget about cacio e pepe, carbonara, amatriciana, suppli’ and fried food. You just feel eating something cold and light such as salad, caprese (tomatoes and mozzarella), sushi, milkshakes or veggies juices, ice cream and granita.

So, we can forget about sushi (Rome is not known in the world for it!), milkshakes and juices (not very popular either, even though Italians are very big consumers of iced tea-I will write about it-), ice cream and granita are wonderful but they are not the healthiest choices we can make. And, believe it or not, even mozzarella is not too light!

We are left with salad. My favorite one is with lettuce, feta cheese and tomatoes but after a while, the taste has become annoying. I tried lettuce with chicken and tomatoes but the fact that you have to cook the chicken before putting it into the salad just killed me. It’s definitely too hot to cook!

Soy sprouts and hearts of palm? Too difficult to find! Canned tuna, corn and carrots? Love it! But the point now is choosing the right can of tuna at the grocery store.

Have you ever noticed how many brands of canned tuna there are on the shelves? I made a small research on the Greenpeace website and I discovered that they made a list of the best canned tuna producers according to the fishing methods used, species of tuna fish stocked, views of the establishment of marine reserve and labeling (in terms of clearness).

Ready to discover how much scored your favorite tuna brand? Below there is a list of the main rankings…I was very disappointed by mine!

ITALY:

On this website you can find all the complete info. According to Greenpeace the best one is As Do Mar and the second one is MareBlu. In the middle we have Rio Mare, Coop, Esselunga, Callipo. The least sustainable are San Cusumano, Consorcio, Carrefour, Auchan, Nostromo, Mare Aperto, Conad and Maruzzella. If you click on the can you are interested in, you will find the whole explanation of the score.

 UK:

On this website you can find all the complete info. The best two are Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. Then we have Waitrose, Co-operative, Tesco, and ASDA. The least sustainable are Morrisons, John West and Princes. If you click on the can you are interested in, you will find the whole explanation of the score.

AUSTRALIA PACIFIC:

On this website you can find all the complete info. The best are Fish 4 Ever, Safcol, Aldi Portview Pole & Line, Coles Pole & Line, John West Pole & Line. Then we have a very long list of those companies who must improve. If you click on the can you are interested in, you will find the whole explanation of the score.

U.S.A:

I was not able to find the list. However, I found this paragraph in a research regarding the sustainability in canned tuna (click here):

“Until conventional canned tuna companies
like Chicken of the Sea 

agree to offer a
better and more environmentally responsible canned tuna product on the US market, Greenpeace encourages consumers to
consider other options.

For better skipjack “chunk light” products:
consider purchasing Whole Foods’ 365
pole-and-line skipjack or Safeway’s Safeway Select FAD-free skipjack.

For better albacore “solid white” products:
consider purchasing high-quality boutique
brands such as Wild Planet pole-and-line
albacore and other similar domestic labels.”

Now, whenever you are, buy the right canned tuna for your salad or sandwich! It’s a small action to show canned tuna producers that consumers prefer and choose a brand over another also for these reasons. Just remember: it all starts with us!

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