Farm Fed Salmon Dangers to Fish, Oceans and Humans
One of the more controversial elements of the current ocean crisis is the farming of fish, and the common form of that is Salmon Farms that are usually just offshore and are primarily in northern waters off the United States, Canada, Scotland, Norway and off Chile on the Pacific Coast of South America. However, at this point farm fed Salmon operations, while much better run ten years ago, often create more problems than they solve. Salmon farms in many areas are located in the paths of salmon migration routes and so pathogens, pesticides, viruses, antibiotics and other dangerous compounds leak from farms into the ocean and infect and kill wild salmon. Wild Salmon have more Omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to health. One documentary, seen below, says the only Salmon doing well are those not passing closely to farms in their migration travels.
Wild salmon fishing, Alaska. Viking Maid and
Salmon Confidential Documentary, 2013, British Columbia
Seven Reasons to
Avoid Farm Raised Salmon
Over 60% of the fish eaten in the United States is farm-raised. What are some of the things that you should know about man-raised salmon?
- have seven times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon
- have 30 times the number of sea lice
- are fed chemicals to give them color
- are fed pellets of chicken feces, corn meal, soy, genetically modified canola oil and other fish containing concentrations of toxins
- are administered antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock
- have less omega 3’s due to lack of wild diet
- are crowed into small areas inhibiting movement, and causing disease
Wild salmon may only eat a bite or two of other fish. Mostly they feed on krill, giving them their rich red color. Krill are mostly toxin-free. Man-raised fish are fed pellets containing high concentrations of fish. It is this concentration of fish that increases PCB levels as concentrating the fish, concentrates toxins, mercury etc.
Because putting more fish into a smaller area means more money to the companies raising the fish, it also means more diseased, susceptible fish. Lice are prevalent in man-raised fish. To combat lice and other diseases, the man-raised fish are given antibiotics. The quantities of antibiotics given are in higher concentrations than any other ‘livestock’. Those antibiotics are passed on to the consumer, making us more antibiotic resistant.
Wild salmon have a varied diet and along with their free roaming, their Omega 3 concentrations are high. Man-raised salmon are fed toxic fish pellets also containing unsanitary and genetically modified foods. The color of a farmed fish is gray due to its diet and confinement. To make it look pink/red, the fish are fed chemical dyes. Man cannot however raise the levels of Omega 3 as this is only produced in free roaming fish.
We are encouraged to eat more fish for their health giving Omega 3’s. As wild fish cost more, we think we have a good deal in farm-raised fish: cleaner and cheaper. As usual, you get what you pay for. Mother Nature still does it best. She doesn’t confine, inject or concentrate toxins in her wild salmon.
Fish that have roamed freely, eaten their natural, wild diet, and have no intervention by man are the fish that are healthy. Now that you know the difference between man-raised fish and wild fish, is saving a dollar or two worth it to your long-term health?
To stay healthy, eat natural and organic foods. Wild fish, grass-fed cows, dairy that has not been boiled and crops free of pesticides and modification is the way that Mother Nature intended it.
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