But! Organic certification is the best regulation we have at the moment. And it's not all bad! Organic-certified animals have to be fed organic food, like corn or wheat, without synthetic additives. They cannot be given hormones or antibiotics or other drugs after that two-day mark (conventional farming's antibiotics are a major problem in the rise of resistant bacteria). They must be given room outside to move around. And it has benefits! In a recent study at Stanford, organic dairy was found to be higher in beneficial fatty acids than conventional dairy, and had far lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Organic isn't perfect, but we need to be striving to make organic certification and food regulation as a whole even more stringent, not less. It's good for us, it's good for animals (at least, better for animals), and it's great for our relationship with animals. Improving these rules, in which an animal raised for meat or milk or other product is given as much respect as we can possibly give it, is essential for us to value animals and not take their lives for granted. Watering down the rules for aquaculture--pun intended, sadly, sorry--is exactly the wrong move. It'll do nothing but assuage our guilt--and if people learn what's actually going on, it won't even do that.