The Debate Over Organic Certification For Aquatic Animals

1687 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
a) Becky Mansfield uses “the debate over organic certification for aquatic animals” (216) in order to enlighten the inconsistency of the organic movement’s ideas (230). The organic community creates standards that are supported by their ideas, but when the ideas become inconsistent and contradictory, it becomes very clear that their standards are not set up on stable grounds.

b) The article was written in 2004, two years after the “first US National Organic Standards” was implemented (216). This would have given researchers and anyone involved in the agriculture world enough time to investigate the basis for the organic movements standards, and to judge whether or not the standards were consistent and fair.

2) Purpose of the article
Becky Mansfield is arguing that it is difficult to distinguish whether a product of agriculture can have organic status or not. She has observed “the debate over organic certification for aquatic animals” (216) from every angle, and believes that the organic movement holds contradictory ideologies. These contradictions act as blockages for the attribution of organic status to wild fish, because the fish do not fall in any of the categories that the organic movement considers suitable for organic status. But as Becky expresses a dialogue between the organic movement and others involved in all realms of agriculture, it becomes obvious that it is not a problem of the inherent environments of the fish, but a problem of classification of the…
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