MSC fish instead of organic fish. Why?
An organic company that doesn’t use any organic fish yet chooses sustainably caught MSC fish. Sounds a bit odd, but once you’ve heard the reasons it does make sense.
Arthur Hartman, our quality manager, regularly visits companies and occasionally peruses the regulations to keep abreast of things. “I decided to sift through the regulations on organic fishery and discovered a couple of peculiar things:
- Organic fish has to be fed with sustainably caught, non-organic fish. Around 3-4 kg of sustainable fish is needed to raise 1 kg of organic fish.
- Although an organic fish is kept in such a way that there is always contact with open, natural water, organic fish farming is limited in its space; sustainably caught fish swims freely in open water and can show natural behavior.
- A few of our products contain salmon. Salmon is a fish that swims solo in the wild. Organic salmon have to be forced to swim in shoals.
Yarrah opts for MSC fish because, in our view, a sustainably caught fish has had a better life than its organic counterpart. A fish that can move freely and can eat what is needed. Are our products with MSC fish still organic? Yes, they are. The ratio between MSC fish and other organic ingredients is determined in such a way that our products retain the organic quality mark. We make choices in the interest of the animal. That is why Yarrah does not only stand for organic products of high quality, but also for healthy, animal-friendly, transparent and responsible.