BOYCOTT 'ORGANIC' FARMED SALMON THIS CHRISTMAS
Did you know that EU Organic Regulations say that that whenever chemical medicines are used on organic products ‘treated stock shall be clearly identifiable’? But both the Irish Health and Safety Authority and the Minister say that this is only for the producers to track withdrawal periods and doesn’t mean the product has to be clearly labelled for the consumer.
Farmed salmon are treated with a range of chemicals which while approved by the regulatory authorities the consumer may not wish to ingest himself. If you have any respect for those who buy and sell organic products in a relationship of trust with the public - join this Christmas’s Boycott.
Christmas 2014 – Slow Food Irish celebrities break link with Slow Food’s farmed salmon boycott
Christmas 2015 – Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, comes out and says he would not touch this ‘totally unnatural’ product.
Christmas 2016 – This years campaign focusses on so called 'organic' smoked salmon. The E.U. Regulations state that organic farmed fish treated with chemicals must be clearly identified. Irish Authorities claim that ‘treated stock shall be clearly identified’ doesn’t mean to put it on the label. Read our press release
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DID YOU KNOW THAT:
LICE from farmed fish KILL wild SALMON: ‘Recent peer reviewed international scientific literature on the impacts of sea lice on salmonids show them to have devastating effects on wild salmon, accounting for up to 39% of salmon mortalities.’ [Inland Fisheries Ireland]
ESCAPES from fish farms alter wild salmon GENETICS: ‘Interaction of farm with wild salmon results in lowered fitness, with repeated escapes causing cumulative fitness depression and potentially an extinction vortex in vulnerable populations.’ [Proceedings of the Royal Society B]
FARMED SALMON DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH: For farmed salmon from northern Europe, consumption should be limited to no more than one meal every 5 months in order to not exceed an elevated risk of cancer of more than 1 in 100,000. [USA EPA]
SALMON FARMS HURT TOURISM: A study published in July 2013 was commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland . This study found that direct spending on Angling in 2012 was worth €555 million to the national economy. Indirect spending was worth an additional €200 million - a total of €755 million. Recreational angling was also found to directly support 10,000 existing Irish jobs, many of which are located in the most peripheral and rural parts of the Irish countryside and along our coastline. The Hotel Federation of Ireland estimate that 'One salmon caught in an Irish river is worth €423 to the local economy.'
UNDER ORGANIC STANDARDS: the following chemicals and medicines may be used on caged salmon and so this product may contain traces of: Alphaject 3000, Norvax Compact 4 and Compact PD, Cypermethrin, Emamectin benzoate, Deltamethrin, Tricane meselate, Oxytetravcyclin, Bronopol, formaldehyde, chloramine and the artificial anti oxidant ethoxyquin [EQ]. Caged salmon been shown to have absorbed from the coastal environment dioxins, PCBs, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and pesticides, including toxaphene and dieldrin.
Read about the chemicals found in a Department of Agriculture pre-slaughter report in the Village Magazine.
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