Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Organic Seafood

The Organic Consumers Association advocates eating local and organic seafood:

Does anyone know what organic seafood is?


Angela and Melinda said...

Undoubtedly farm-raised, and hence probably not as healthy as wild-caught fish, if you can find unpolluted sources.

ElDoubleVee said...

Local from the Chesapeake Bay. A horribly polluted body of water.

Anonymous said...

Bix, any word back yet from Organic Consumers?

Bix said...

No. I wasn't sure what they were referring to. I vaguely recall that the USDA was considering allowing some farmed fish to be called "organic" but I wasn't keeping track.

So, the Organic Consumers Association is advising us to eat factory farmed fish. Is "aquaculture" just a nice-sounding euphemism for factory farmed?

Bix said...

By the way, I thought that link in the tweet, the AlterNet article by Jill Richardson was really good.

Bix said...

Bill Marler's Food Safety News never lets me down:

USDA Works to Create Organic Aquaculture Standards

"Existing U.S. rules do not allow any seafood to bear the coveted ‘USDA Organic’ label due to the lack of standards for organic aquaculture production and certification."

So, the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is working on a rule, over the next 2 years. They have to decide what chemicals they'll allow.

In the mean time, I guess "organic" means whatever anyone wants it to mean.