We’ve long heard salmon is one of the best proteins out there – but do you know the dangers of eating farmed salmon?
Consider the documentary Fillet-Oh-Fish, courtesy filmaker Nicolas Daniel. In it, we have a full picture of large-scale food production, especially as it relates to farmed fish.
In addition to overfishing, fisheries today result in dangers to consumers, including genetic mutation, toxic chemicals, and chemical pollutants, not to mention antibiotics, hormones, and more.
Despite that, the fish business is booming, in part due to efforts to keep the dirty underbelly of modern fisheries from public sight.
Aquaculture companies promote themselves as a sustainable solution – but all they’re sustaining is their bottom line.
For instance, below the salmon farms dotted across the Norwegian fjords, there’s a layer of waste some 15 meters high, teeming with bacteria, drugs, and pesticides. In short, the entire sea floor has been destroyed, and since the farms are located in open water, the pollution from these farms is in no way contained.
A salmon farm can hold upwards of 2 million salmon in a relatively small amount of space. These crowded conditions result in disease, which spreads rapidly among the stressed salmon.
As a result, sea lice, Pancreas Disease(PD) and Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISA) have spread all across Norway, yet consumers are not informed of these fish pandemics, and sale of these diseased fish continue unabated.
Instead, fish farmers use nasty pesticides – some of which get passed on to consumers, making them one of the most toxic foods in the world!
In fact, farmed salmon is five times more toxic than any other food product tested.
As a result, do you know what you’re actually eating when you have fish? If it’s farmed salmon, you might be better off eating your garbage – literally.
Even wild-caught fish can be full with contaminants, including mercury, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals.
Fortunately, there are a few fish you can trust.
First, Alaskan sockeye salmon is always wild-caught, and the nutritional benefits outweigh the risks.
The second alternative we suggest is small fish with short life cycles, which accumulate fewer toxins. Some of them, such as sardines and anchovies, have great nutritional benefit as well – provided they aren’t from a trashed ecosystem (such as the Baltic Sea).
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