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RUTLAND, VERTMONT - Leading wholesale seafood provider, Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc., promotes "green offices".

"Our farms operate in a sustainable manner, it only makes sense that we practice those same beliefs in our offices too", says John K. Schramm, President and CEO of Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.

"The focus has always been on the farms, but as a vertical company, we have complete control over every aspect of our operations: our feed, farming, processing, logistics AND corporate offices". "Many of our green initiatives started as employee suggestions. Everyone's on-board. We're doing everything we can to protect our environment and we'll keep looking for ways to make improvements", says Schramm.

Tropical is actively employing both popular and innovative methods to ensure its offices are as eco-friendly as possible. Among other measures, the company SMART Car is available to employees on a weekly rotation basis. Tropical also supplies complimentary water coolers, glassware, plates and utensils in order to cut-down on paper and plastic use in the office. Paper, glass, aluminum and plastic recycling bins are placed throughout the building and, as available, paper products for the bathrooms and kitchens are made from 100% recycled materials. An assortment of live plants serve not only as decoration, but as natural air filters within the work space.

With recent upgrades to its computer system, the company is further able to pursue a 'paper-less' environment. In the meantime, along with paper reductions, Tropical uses recycled or recyclable paper for its printers and faxes. During recent renovations, energy efficient lighting was installed throughout the building. Likewise, cooling and heating systems are kept to minimal use, especially during off-hours. During the icy winter months, Tropical uses natural sand on its driveway and sidewalks rather than harsh chemical melts.

Based in the heart of the green mountains, Tropical is inspired by its surroundings. "Like our farms, the idea of 'green' isn't new to Vermont. Making a conscious effort to cut down on waste is simply the right thing to do", states Schramm.

Infusing sustainable thinking at every level, Tropical will offer eco-friendly promotional items at the 2009 International Boston Seafood Show - Booth #333.

With farms and plants in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil - Tropical Aquaculture Products is a leading wholesale provider of fresh farmed tilapia, shrimp and trout in North America.

A study published in the July Journal of the American Dietetic Association debates the health ramifications of the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio found in a select sampling of farmed fish, including tilapia, and the possible effects on individuals vulnerable to "exaggerated inflammatory response". In a rush to report the results of the study, some news sources neglected to consider peer review including a critical article by Dr. William Harris in the same journal. Dr. Harris's review refuted the study's exaggerated claims, including irresponsible comparisons to foods high unsaturated fat. These early press reports resulted in much confusion in the marketplace and several renowned scientists have since responded affirming the nutritional benefits of fish, including tilapia, in the diet. Three things to note when considering this research: 1. It is important to know where your food comes from (its traceability). 2. Certain health assumptions made were directed solely at individuals with certain diseases such as cardiovascular and auto immune disease and asthma. Those individuals should always consult their doctor regarding diet. 3. There is general consensus in the medical community that both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish are part of a healthy, balanced diet. However, there is no consensus in the medical community that lower Omega-3/higher Omega-6 fish are an unhealthy food choice. The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week. 1. KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM: Knowing where your food was sourced, its traceability, is an important part of ensuring a healthy diet. The researchers of this study were not able to secure a random sampling of fish for testing. The samples used were based on species available at the time of the research and voluntary distributor participation. In their samplings, the researchers found an averaged 11-1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3. It is important to note that not all aquaculture farms utilize the same processes and standards for raising fish. Nutritional Content of Tropical Aquaculture Tilapia: In tests conducted by ABC Research Corporation on initial samplings of our tilapia (results delivered 7/17/08), Tropical Aquaculture tilapia had a .22g/100g-.11g/100g - or a 2:1 - Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. Tropical's tilapia contains no additives, no preservatives and no chemicals. Our fish farms are at the forefront of the industry for environmental stewardship, animal welfare, food safety and traceability. Our Tilapia is flown in daily from South and Central America within 24-hours of harvest and is delivered FRESH never frozen. Tropical tilapia can be found in fine retailers and restaurants across North America. 2. VULNERABILITY TO EXAGGERATED INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE: Individuals vulnerable to exaggerated inflammatory response should consult their individual doctor or dietician regarding ALL of their dietary requirements including their Omega-3 and Omega-6 intake. It is well documented that Omega-3's and Omega-6's are essential to optimum human health and development. Fish are a healthy source of these 2 critical fatty acids. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week in order to ensure these nutrients and others are present in a healthy and balanced diet. No single food contains all the nutrients necessary for a balanced diet. A balanced diet means ensuring the right amounts of all nutrients from a variety of sources. Those with specific medical needs should always consult their physician regarding their individual dietary requirements. 3. THERE IS NO MEDICAL CONSENSUS ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN OMEGA-3 TO OMEGA-6 RATIO AND HEALTH: According to a recent release from the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), Jennifer Wilmes registered dietician with NFI said, "We need more science to agree on the impact of an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio". "But what we do have scientific consensus on is that omega-3s - which you can get plenty of by eating a variety of fish - are paramount to heart disease prevention." Wilmes also quotes Dr. William Harris PhD who devotes a three page research editorial in the July issue of the American Dietetic Journal to the topic of this research. According to Harris, "There is currently no scientific consensus that lower-Omega-3/higher-Omega-6 fish are unhealthy." He also points out that the study "fails to consider relevant human experimental evidence" and attacks the dramatic comparison of tilapia to hamburger and bacon, calling it a "potentially flawed concept" that overstates the impact of Omega-6. One statement from this study that has been greatly misrepresented is a generalization that tilapia is not a good food choice in comparison to 80 percent lean hamburger, pork bacon or donuts. It is important to note that the study specifically caveats this statement with "All other nutritional content aside...", directing the comparison solely to the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio and not considering total fat, saturated fat, calories or sodium levels. Such a comparison is a misrepresentation of the true nutritional benefits of fish and can lead to potentially harmful results if consumers follow the implications of this statement and substitute these high saturated fat items for nutritious fish. Tilapia has substantially lower levels of total fat, saturated fat, calories and sodium than 80 percent lean hamburger, pork bacon and donuts. Founded in 1995 and located in Rutland Vermont, Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc. is the industry leader in the delivery of fresh tilapia throughout North America. The Tropical product line also includes fresh farmed and wild caught shrimp, and fresh farmed trout. All of Tropical Aquaculture's products are imported fresh (never frozen) daily from sustainable farms in South and Central America. For more information, visit www.tropicalaquaculture.com. Related articles: Catfish and Tilapia: Helpful or Harmful?