Google Gone Fishing: Launches 'Green Seafood Fair' and Community Supported Fisheries at Google

Google's chefs have long been committed to sourcing food for our cafes as locally, seasonally and organically as possible. And in our Mountain View headquarters, many employees cook with the same ingredients at home thanks to on-site Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. But to make a difference in our purchasing program for seafood -- In […]

Google's chefs have long been committed to sourcing food for our cafes as locally, seasonally and organically as possible. And in our Mountain View headquarters, many employees cook with the same ingredients at home thanks to on-site Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. But to make a difference in our purchasing program for seafood -- In May this year, "we launched the "Google Community Supported Fishery (CSF)" program." "In this program, Googlers sign up to purchase a weekly supply of local, sustainable seafood, supplied through a partnership with the Half Moon Bay (HMB) Fisherman's Association," wrote Liv Wu, Executive Chef at Google's Mountain View headquarte.


The Google Culinary team on a visit with fishermen in Half Moon Bay, Calif.--Quentin and I are the second and third from the left, in black.

Wu said, "When it comes to feeding our employees at work and at home, it really comes down to a local touch. Knowing where our seafood, meat and produce come from, as well as knowing how they're raised, farmed or harvested, makes all the difference in the on-the-ground work of sustainability. We see many bright spots ahead for our CSA and Fishery programs, such as expansion to other offices and adding a grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry program. It's exciting to work someplace where we can think big and local."

"We know of two CSFs in the Bay Area. The Half Moon Bay Fishermen's Association supplies only Google at the moment, but will soon add public drop-off sites--keep posted by visiting Farmigo.com. The other is CSea out of Bodega Bay. If you live elsewhere, we hope you'll consider stepping up to create one in your area."

"And even if you don't live near the ocean or have direct access to fresh-caught seafood, the choices you make about what fish to purchase or order in restaurants can make a real difference. You may want to consider following the guidelines that we used for our Google Green Seafood policy: Whenever possible, purchase species caught locally and in-season, by small, independent fisher-families, using environmentally-responsible methods," Wu added.

[Source:Google Green Blog]