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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Wild is the way to go
Wild is the way to go

Both nutritionally and environmentally speaking, non-organically farmed fish are inferior to their wild counterparts in many ways.

The fat content of farmed salmon can be excessively high – 30-35% by weight.  Wild salmon have a 20% higher protein content and a 20% lower fat content than farm-raised salmon.  Farm-raised fish contain much higher amounts of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats and less usable omega-3 fats than wild fish.  Why is this?  Farm-raised fish do not spend their lives vigorously swimming through cold ocean water or leaping up rock streams.  They are couch potatoes, lazily circling in crowded pens fattening up on pellets of fish chow…not the normal life nor feed of the wild variety. 

Disease and parasites, which would normally exist in relatively low levels in fish scattered around the oceans, can run rampant in densely packed oceanic feedlots.  To sruvive, farmed fish are vaccinated as small fry.  Later, they are given antibiotics or pesticides to ward off infection.

In the wild, salmon absorb carotenoids from eating pink krill (this gives them their pin to red color).  On farms, their rich pink hue is supplied by canthaxanthin, s synthetic pigment.  Canthaxanthin was linked to retinal damage in people when taken as a sunless tanning pill.

Aquafarming raises a number of environmental concerns.  Uneaten feed and fish waste blankets the sea floor beneath these farms, a breeding ground for bacteria that consume oxygen vital to shellfish and other bottom-dwelling sea creatures.  Food additives given to farm-raised salmon including dyes and drugs used to prevent infectious diseasses drift to the ocean bottom below the open net pens where they are invariably recycled into our food stream.

So do yourself a healthy favor and go wild!

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