Example of Naturaplan organic shrimps
The mangrove forests at the southern tip of Vietnam are one of the most important ecosystems in the world and are home to countless species of fish and crustacean. However, the intensive use of the region for shrimp farming since the mid-70s has resulted in the systematic clearance of these forests, and the intense farming and use of veterinary medicines has led to soil erosion, water contamination and increased soil salinity.
We began aligning shrimp farming in the region with organic requirements back in 2001, thereby promoting the reforestation of the mangroves.
Owing to the recreated biodiversity of the mangrove area and the very low numbers of shrimp in the pools, the shrimps do not need to be fed but can instead feed themselves. The percentage of forest in the organic-certified mangrove area must amount to at least half of the organic farm's operational area and any deforestation must be immediately offset by reforestation.
As such, we were able to switch a large proportion of our fresh and frozen product ranges to organic-quality shrimps in 2004. We were the first retailer to do so anywhere in the world. Today, 7 000 hectares of mangrove land is given over to Bio Suisse-certified shrimp farming. Shrimp farmers have also adopted organic farming methods across a further 20 000 hectares of mangroves and are producing shrimps by means of extensive farming.