What’s the problem with farmed salmon?

The majority of salmon on the market is farm-raised, meaning it’s farmed and harvested under controlled conditions in sea cages or net pens. The problem, according to some researchers, is that the crowded conditions of most farms can cause contamination. A 2003 report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that seven out of ten farmed salmon purchased in grocery stores in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Portland were contaminated with cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at “levels that raise health concerns.”

Additionally, farmed salmon has been found to contain toxic chemicals methylmercury and dioxins, and farms have been accused of polluting the oceans, fostering disease, and spreading sea lice. Salmon farms have also been criticized for other questionable practices, including the content of the feed, which is often supplemented with chemicals to give the fish their pink color (wild salmon develop it naturally).

How should I choose?

“First and foremost, don’t panic!” says San Francisco-based nutritionist Karyn Duggan, CNC. Duggan recommends researching merchants and restaurants and supporting those with a solid reputation for selling sustainable, responsibly farmed fish, like Sausalito, California’s TwoXSea and Fish.

“I will rather choose wild…”

When it comes to choosing between wild and farmed, Duggan says she generally advocates for wild when possible, but adds that it’s important to make informed decisions. Two key considerations: whether the environment the wild salmon comes from is largely pollution-free, and whether the farmed salmon comes from a reputable farm.

Duggan adds that healthy eating is not an all-or-nothing equation, recommending that less-than-perfect choices be balanced with more wholesome fare. “Nutritional studies have highlighted that loading up on healthy choices can negate the potential negative effects of food choices that aren’t as healthy,” Duggan says. “This is yet another reason to load up on your local, organic, seasonal veggies, especially if you’re unsure whether or not your salmon is sustainably farmed.”

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Not only that, farmed salmon are easily affected by parasites which caused the farmer to consistently add in either pesticides, antibiotics or hydrogen peroxide to kill the parasites. Eventually, the health of farmed salmon are affected too. It is no longer farmed salmon you’re taking in, but a food which could damage your body immune system and be harmful to your health.

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