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