Today, around half of the world's consumption of fish and seafood is from aquacultures – and that percentage is rising. For us, therefore, the key criteria are that the farming is sustainable and the animals are appropriately kept and fed. We consequently rely on organic aquacultures.
Our fish and prawns for Naturaplan are from controlled organic farming in aquacultures. Aquaculture describes fish and prawns farmed in natural pools, artificially created tanks or net cages in the open sea. Only foods from operations that undergo regular, independent audits and that satisfy the following requirements may be sold under the Bio Suisse quality seal:
- Humane husbandry
- Monitored feeding without the addition of hormones or growth promoters
- No preventive use of medicines
- Where possible, Swiss fish and/or fish processed in Switzerland
Same requirements for imported fish
The stringent Bio Suisse guidelines also apply to imported products. Only ship, rail and road transport is permitted, not air freight. Consequently, only frozen prawns are imported. Quality is preserved by freezing immediately after they are caught.
Example of Naturaplan organic prawns
The mangrove forests of the Mekong Delta are one of the world's key ecosystems. They are home to countless species of fish and crustaceans. The intensive use of the Delta for prawn farming has, however, resulted in the systematic clearance of the forests. In addition, the excessive application of fertilizers and the use of veterinary medicines in farming is resulting in contamination of water and salting of soil.
We have concentrated on organic-quality shrimps since 2004 – the first retailer to do so anywhere in the world. Now, around 75 percent of our farmed prawns are from organic aquacultures. In addition, special guidelines ensure protection of the valuable mangrove forests, which have to make up at least half of the organic farm's operational area, or the deforestation must be offset by a reforestation programme.