Deceptive and Ridiculous Application of the Organic Label
December 18, 2007
The National Organics Standards Board is meeting to decide whether or not to allow farmed fish to carry the federal government’s organic label.
While the industry believes an organic standard for farmed fish would improve operations and improve competition against sub-par foreign producers, opponents believe the label would violate organic standards.
According to those opposed, fish meal and fish oil used in fish farming concentrates harmful PCBs and mercury. Further, they say the most common method of fish farming, open pen net farming, is inconsistent with the principles of organic agriculture.
Currently, fish labeled “organic” in the United States does not carry an official USDA label. However, fish from foreign producers may carry an organic label issued by their own country.