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WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.
The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them.
Organic seafood would be welcome news for the increasing number of organic shoppers — and for retailers that have profited from their higher prices. It also could help the U.S. farmed fish industry find a premium as it struggles to compete against cheaper imports. ……
…… Retailer Wegmans already is selling organic seafood imported from Norway and elsewhere. Organic shoppers “skew to higher income and education which makes them extremely desirable,” says Dave Wagner, the company’s vice president of seafood merchandising. ……
….. In turn, some consumer and environmental groups have said they are concerned the standards won’t be strict enough.
The discussions have been marked by tensions over what organic fish should eat and whether some of them can be raised in ocean cages called net pens. USDA’s McEvoy says the new rules will be based on a series of recommendations from the government’s National Organic Standards Board over the last decade.
Some environmental groups criticize the recommendations for suggesting that at first a quarter of the fish feed could be from sustainably wild-caught — but not organic — fish. A fish can’t be organic, they argue, if it doesn’t eat 100 percent organic feed.
Wild fish would not be eligible for the organic label — that would be too difficult to monitor.
The environmental groups also are concerned that fish in ocean pens would be able to escape and contaminate their surroundings. They also worry about ocean contaminants.
“What we’re saying is this isn’t organic,” says Lisa Bunin of the Center for Food Safety.
The recommendations suggest several safeguards: Ocean-farmed fish should be strains of local species, and no net pens could be placed on migratory routes. Producers would have to closely monitor water quality and the impact on the area ecosystem.
For producers, the main concern would be the availability of organic feed.
Breeding organic fish to feed the organic fish could be prohibitively expensive, and organic grains such as soybeans and canola that can make up fish feed also are also costly. Some fish feed includes poultry or other land animal byproducts, but that would likely be prohibited, as would most synthetic ingredients…….
Well, Lisa, what I’m saying is, you people are a group of idiotic lunatics. And, just for that, I’m going to take part in a fishery. We’re going to raise fish, and sell them. We’re going to call them organic, because they fit the dictionary and scientific definition of “organic”. Indeed, I would like someone to show me an inorganic fish. But, I’m also going to market the fish as “free range” fish, so I can raise the price even more to you lunatics. But, that’ll only be half of the fish we sell. The other half will be sold to normal human beings, and, I’ll simply label the fish as, well, fish. To normal people, adding the word “organic” to “fish” would be redundant.