Bunin quoted on USDA's plans to propose standards for organic seafood
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.