Irish Organic Salmon: Organic Practices
There is no doubt you've come into contact with some aspect of "Organic Food" during your last visit to your local market. In recent years, organic fruits, vegetables and other goods have become prominent on the shelves of supermarkets and in shopping carts. In fact, the organic food sector grew by 9.5 percent in 2011, reaching $31.5 billion in sales and representing 4.2 percent of all U.S. food sales.
While the USDA has not yet finalized the standard for organic seafood in the United States, in 1991, the EU established its first organic regulation, which was based on the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) formed in 1972. Moreover, the EU legally included seafood in their organic standards since 2007.
Although every European certification body may evaluate different criteria and the way in which the organic standards are administered, they all cover these fundamental principles of organic fish farming: (1) to maintain a healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystem that protects the welfare of the farmed species, (2) the system must be free of inputs prohibited by the standard, such as herbicides or other agro-chemical pesticides and (3) must not be affected by or cause pollution to the environment.
Tropical has partnered with premium organic farms, Murphy's Irish Organic Salmon of Bantry Bay and Glenarm Organic Salmon from Northern Ireland, in order to have a year-round supply of organic salmon.
Murphy's Irish Seafood produces organic salmon, certified under the standards set by Agriculture Biologique (AB) of France and EU Organic. In addition, Murphy's Irish Organic Salmon is raised according to organic guidelines set by the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA).
Glenarm Organic Salmon is farmed according to standards set by the UK's leading certification body, The Organic Food Federation, which was established in 1986 and oversees all areas of organics. They raise their salmon giving, "priority to the health and welfare of the fish, to the long term protection of the environment and to deliver an outstanding product to our customers. We achieve this and more by ensuring strict adherence to the organic standards allowing us to work in harmony with nature whilst producing salmon that are as close to 'wild nature' as you will find!", said John Russell, Managing Director.
So, stop wondering about the significance of 'organic' and make your next purchasing decision, simple. This chart will show you the basics of 'organic' standards at a glance so you can make an educated choice!
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