"Organic" Farmed Salmon Must Meet Organic Standards
  • Petitioned Mark Schuessler

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Canadian General Standards Board
Mark Schuessler

"Organic" Farmed Salmon Must Meet Organic Standards

    1. Bronwen Barnett
    2. Petition by

      Bronwen Barnett

      Vancouver, Canada

Stop the “organic” certification of net-cage farmed salmon! 

We expect the organic label to mean the food we're buying is produced in a way that is better for the environment and our health. But the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has proposed 'organic' aquaculture standards that would certify aquaculture practices that are already harming our oceans.

Under the proposed standards net-cage raised salmon would be granted organic certification with no substantive changes to current practices: allowing the use of pesticides; up to 100% non-organic and potentially unsustainable wild fish feed; and net-cages which scientific evidence has linked to negatively harming wild salmon and marine ecosystems.

The CGSB has released two drafts of the proposed standards for public comment. Over 100 signatures from concerned business, conservation and consumer organizations and fishermen were collected from the US and Canada in joint letters objecting to the first draft in the summer of 2010 and to the second draft in the spring of 2011. (See details on our website.) Public comments received on the second draft are currently under review by the CGSB.

Organic aquaculture standards should adhere to the same set of principles used in standards for other organically certified food products. Based on the content of the first two drafts of the organic aquaculture standard, this does not look likely.

We are urging residents of Canada and consumers in the United States to take action and let the CGSB know you oppose the organic certification of net-cage salmon farms. The US remains the largest market for Canadian farmed salmon and until US organic aquaculture standards are passed into regulation, Canadian “organic” salmon could be sold on American shelves and menus.

Sign our petition today and we will be sure to let you know when the final standard is released and further action we can take.

Posted by the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Find out more about the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

    3. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Learn more about the dangers of certifying farmed salmon as organic:

    4. Reached 1 signatures
    5. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      We only have 1 more week to protect the integrity of organic certification. Public comment period ends 5/31!

    6. Can Farmed Fish Really Be Considered Organic?

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      When food is labeled "organic," you expect that it was produced in a way that is good for both the environment and your health. Unfortunately it seems that up in Canada, that accountability might not be the case for much longer.
      The Canadian General...

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The public comment period ends May 31st. Act now--before it's too late!

    9. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Amerin Rai WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      So much abuse

    • James Stanford HOMESTEAD, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Organic means chemical-free, not kind-of or almost chemical-free. Truth in advertising.

    • Reebeca Canmouise ASBURY, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Please let us at once cease this mindless, greedy, despicable underhandedness!

    • Cassandra Bourke PORT COQUITLAM, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our family tries very hard to buy fair trade, organic, and/or local products (I prioritize them in that order) where ever we can reasonably afford to. Despite being a single income family of five, we manage to mostly succeed. We realize this means we don't get to take vacations, and visit far off locations or family members; we'll probably never own a whole house, or have up-to-date gadgets or toys. We simply try to make healthy. low impact choices, reuse as much as we can, and involve ourselves in the community our community as much as we can without narrowing our focus so much that we neglect the needs of the rest of the world. We even reworked our little townhouse garden to grow as much of our own food as possible.

      When I'm shopping it's important to me, and has even always been a source of pride, that I can trust our Certified Canadian Organic seal on a product. I know that product was raised with care, especially when it comes to meat and seafood products. For a family on our income, meat and seafood are not as common in our menu due to the huge price difference as they may be in other peoples diets. We realize this, and are happy to make the sacrifice because the organic seal reassures us that the standards this meat must adhere to naturally discourage inhumane raising practices and that our food is free from antibiotics, parricides, and was fed organic food thus feeding the organic economy to create an organic product.

      This is even more important when you consider the unsustainablity of carnivorous fish in aquaculture. Considering how much marine life is consumed over the life of a farmed salmon in the (usually) two years it takes for it to make it to your table for every pound of that salmon it has consumed three pounds of various marine life. The cornerstone of organic meat has always been in knowing and making the seller accountable for what is present in their product aka. what their animals were fed.

      Sustainability and pesticides aside, I know the job of the organic label is not to ensure a product is sustainable, if the producers of farmed fish cannot be made accountable for what they feed their animals they do not deserve the organic label. The Organic label is a sign of promise to the buyer that this product is free from certain substances. That is the only reason we buy it. I would just as soon continue to buy wild salmon, and wonder what it ate, as opposed to buy farmed salmon wonder what it ate and know that it's ingested pesticides.

    • Reet Vahesalu VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Organic should mean organic


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