Can A Fish Farm Be Organic? That’s Up For Debate

SpoonFed: Via NPR

For more than 10 years, the issue has been on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. But a planned meeting to discuss the matter in October was canceled by the federal government shutdown. Now federal officials are saying the final determination on the issue is at least six months away.

Among the groups closely eyeing the proceedings are environmentalists, who say fish farms shouldn’t quality for an organic label if they rely heavily on feed that can’t be verified as organic. And they cite other problems on fish farms, including pollution and disease, that make them less sustainable than the typical organic farm.

“The problem is, organic rules are based on how you treat the soil. So how do you apply that to things like seafood?” says Patty Lovera, with Food and Water Watch. [...] read more

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