Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More
Should You Avoid Farmed Fish?

Should You Avoid Farmed Fish?

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Audible. Cows are farmed, pigs are farmed, plants are
farmed… and there’s a debate about the health benefits of ALL of those things. So what about
fish? Is farming fish okay? We learned to fish long before we learned
farming or domesticating animals, and today, we eat so much fish, there’s no way we can
catch all those animals and keep the practice both sustainable and affordable… So we farm
them. That alone isn’t terrible, but HOW it’s done can sometimes be. In 2012, global fish
farming, called aquaculture, passed global BEEF production. But have you noticed farmed
salmon and wild salmon look different? The wild are orange-pink and the farmed are light
pinkish, not quite orange. Salmon are carnivorous fish. In the wild they
eat smaller fish, so they can’t be fed grains or soya on farms, they need to eat other fish
to survive. Farmed fish don’t get the same nutritional input as wild fish, obviously.
Salmon meat gets the orange-pink color from eating tiny shrimps and other crustaceans
— the shells of which contain carotenoids, an antioxidant which is the same stuff that
makes carrots orange. According to Stanford’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy,
one pound of salmon takes about 2.4 pounds of other wild fish to produce — usually sardines,
anchovies, mackerel, herring and so on. But since farmers have to make the feed for their
fish, they grind up the smaller ones to produce fish oil and meal, and compress it into pellets
that can be fed to the salmon. Obviously, some carotenoids are added too, because the
fish need them for growth and reproduction, as well as color. Since 2004, the World Wildlife Fund has worked
with salmon farmers to make the farming sustainable and fight disease. And, the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Seafood Watch program is taking note of improvements in the aquaculture industry noting there are
a couple of places where salmon farming is done right. But some farmers are replacing the fish oil
in the feed with vegetable oil, which is cheaper and more sustainable. And a new study from
Norway’s National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research has found this practice might
be harming the fish AND those eating it. According to their results, Norwegian farmers were replacing
as much as 2/3 of the salmon’s oil with veggie in 2013. They were quick to point out, this
was just Norway, not everywhere. To see how this major dietary change would
affect the salmon and thus the people eating it, they fed the salmon to mice… Turns out,
those who ate the fish-oil salmon had a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids,
and a healthy liver; even though they ate a LOT of salmon. On the other hand, those
who ate the vegetable-oil salmon did not have a healthy balance of fatty acids and had an
accumulation of fat in their liver called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. So maybe farmed salmon isn’t quite as healthy.
But wild salmon are still really expensive, three times as much as farmed salmon in some
markets. However many farmers are banding together to make salmon farming sustainable,
affordable and good for the fish and the future. The Norwegian researchers closed it best,
saying yes, the vegetable oil-fed fish weren’t as healthy, but “getting some omega-3 acids
are better than none at all.” How do you feel about fish farming? Better
or worse than regular farming?

100 comments on “Should You Avoid Farmed Fish?

  1. No mention of DDT and Endosulfan found in norwegian farmed salmon. Both are banned pesticides and their levels are 5x what you would find on a hamburger. Wild salmon has 5-7% fat. Farmed is 14 to 30%. Google most toxic food in the world, go ahead, i'll wait.

  2. well we cant fish them in nature or we overfish them so we have no real choise other then overfish the natural polulation thats worse

  3. Canadian biologist says fish farms are destroying ALL THE NATIVE salmon and polluting oceans!!!!!!

  4. Fish farming is better than fishing species to extinction. I think that the nutrition fish need can be synthesized and the fish could be just as healthy as wild fish.

  5. Since omega-3 acids can be found in (for example) flax-seed or chia seed, I see no reason to farm (or eat) fish. Especially when waters are so polluted.

  6. Like the idea/topic of the video, however by reading the title I expected a more comprehensive analysis about the pros, cons and maybe solutions for fish farming, rather than just a few facts on replacing fish oil with vegetable oil

  7. I don't eat fish anymore, short of the fish I catch in Australian areas I believe that are clean. Thi story is an eye opener. If that doesn't disgust you, worse is to come. Search youtube with keywords of Norwgian Toxic Fish.

  8. Trace – you missed the real scandal. Farmed fish pellets (which are certainly used in Norway's farms as well as SEAsia) use ground-up small fatty fish and a LOT of this small fish is sourced from the Baltic Sea, one of the most toxic seas in the world. It is an outlet for thousands of tons of pollutants from the industrial processes of the surrounding countries and these cancer causing toxins build up in the fatty fish and upwards in the food chain to the human plate. The more farmed fish and shellfish that you eat then the more spins that you get of Russian Roulette. This is not scaremongering it is fact.

  9. You really want this? ….
    Check all 3 vids below. This is now illegal up and down North America!!! EXCEPT BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.

  10. Farmed Salmons sucks, they are Polluting and unnatural. So why even eating them, be a vegetarian of go fishing for your table. Invest in your food, health and the environment. DON'T EAT THOSE TOXIC SALMONS.

  11. Fish farmers only care about money. The toxic farmed salmon scandal in Norway proves they do not care about consumers health. Using preservatives that give the consumers cancer, strokes, and miscarriages should be prosecuted by a class action lawsuit. Chemical attacks are illegal in Syria, it should be so in the USA and the rest of the world. The Norwegian farmed salmon owners did their utmost to cover it up and continues selling toxic food to innocent consumers who still think farmed salmon is healthy. Stop buying Norwegian farmed salmon!

  12. Vegetable oil is bad now? One study is not enough especially one in mice. Fish farming produces less co2 and prevents bi-catch like fisheries do and prevent overfishing.

  13. As with most things in life, there are always two sides to the coin… bay and lake farming (not so good) and indoor farming (best solution so far)

  14. Here's something really worth watching about farmed salmon….

  15. Farmed fish is a lesser evil than completely destroying the wild populations. Unfortunately this is what happens when too many predators are alive for the prey to sustain comfortably.

  16. Those examples are BOTH farmed., the fat distribution is incorrect.

    COLOUR is NOT an indication.

    Colourant is added to the food supply, Salman is NOT red naturally, it comes from the krill & other shrimp they eat or in the case of farmed salmon, red dye.

  17. I feel that salmon fish that is farmed is safer to eat as you don't know the whereabouts of wild salmon.

    The Swedish FDA (livsmedelsverket) says that wild salmon should be cooked before eaten or been in the freeze before consuming. Not so with farmed salmon.

  18. The added 'carotenoids' (Not Beta like in astaxanthin) are artificially produced in Japan and other countries. Natural astaxanthin is very healthy and is what makes flamingoes pink and salmon pink and cooked crustations orange…Shrimp oil is one source…BiAstin is one form of natural astaxanthin from Hawaii. This presentation is not accurate by a long way…Testing foods on 'mice and rats' is a primitive benchmark that is decades out of date and inaccurate'. That is why 'modern diets produce modern diseases… And traditional diets produce healthy people….Oh…and does this guy wash the beard off after the video session???

  19. "This was just in Norway, not global" (brushes it off). Well, well, well. It turns out that most salmon out there, almost everywhere, is Norwegian. Even if you go to Japan, and take a look at the salmon boxes that you will find at the Tsukiji Market, you will realize that these come from a facility in Bergen.

  20. Norwegian salmon farming has ISA and you are misleading that the QUALITY of farmed fish from Norway is not all that good in fact leave the farmed fish alone and do not eat it the pellets are from Denmark made from sand eels. Do your homework.

  21. You are a terrible FRAUD no one should eat farm raised salmon from Canada as the Government has been hiding the unhealthly condition & the diseases their fish are carrying (yes tested positive in the grocery store) The Canadian Government has threatened their scientists with prison & fines just for going public. Oh but you already knew that didn't you ,you piece of shit!

  22. Fish farming is Bad with lots of disease. Yuck, I wouldn't eat a cow missing half its face, and yet a lot of farm raised salmon are growing with thier faces half gone. I don't eat salmon anymore unless it's wild salmon. And yes, I know the difference.

  23. "Are-ang", not "Or ang". Just because a word STARTS WITH "OR" DOES NOT MEAN IT IS PRONOUNCED LIKE "OR"!!

  24. Substituting fish oils with vegetable oils?

    Who thought that was a good idea…

  25. You’re better off eating farmed fish. Wild fish contains high amounts of mercury and heavy metals (thanks to industrial pollution) which can be poisonous.

  26. Norwegian farmed salmon were tested to be the most toxic fish for human consumption. So much so that pregnant women are told not to consume any of it nor should it be fed to small children! Industrialized animal farming is simply nasty!

  27. Here's what most people don't understand: the "industry" IS the
    government! From execs of Monsanto, DuPont, to Wall Street, Goldman
    Sachs, etc., these ARE the primary policy makers of this country. We have a lot of greedy bastards in America. Sir, would u like some fish with your dioxins? I've seen video of Catfish that is farmed in Asia.  That is nasty stuff.  So if US Farmfish is 10 times worse than that?  It is a wonder that people don't just keel over dead after a meal of it. Sewage sludge is also used in farming as fertilizer. Yum we all love a fad diet and the dioxin diet is the obvious evolution of the paleo diet. D-News servers up a nice Dish of cognizant dissonance. All Farm fish are FEED GMO ,CORN, SOY, CONOLA This just sound bad and Unnatural. Dioxins in U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

  28. A total overkill:
    check out salmon as a flagstone species

    Why Farmed Salmon Is One Of The Most Toxic Things You Can Put In ……/why-farmed-salmon-is-o...

    24.04.2018 – Below the salmon farms of the Norwegian fjords is a layer of waste that is about 15 meters high and as you can imagine, it is absolutely teeming …

    Flagship species – Wikipedia

    In conservation biology, a flagship species is a species chosen to raise support for biodiversity conservation in a given place or social context.
    ‎Definitions · ‎History · ‎Choosing species · ‎Limitations

  29. Why even eat fish? If you want animal protein go with grass fed cows and cageless chickens. If you need omega 3's go with blue green algae. It's where the fish get their omega 3's in the first place.

  30. I call BS on your view and here is why. It’s ALL SALMON. NOT JUST FARMED …. they ALL. are tainted with a chemical from Monsanto called ETHOXYQUINE . If you really care , educate yourself and watch this video – It has gone so far now that true wild fish have it also….go ahead . Copy and paste the link and watch it

  31. It's worth paying the extra money for Alaskan or sockeye salmon. After I watched a huge documentary on the corruption of Norwegian farmed salmon, it made me really think again. That first gentleman's comment is exactly correct. They treat the fish meal pellets with toxic chemicals to preserve them, and Essence will cause all sorts of problems even cancer on humans. The market is corrupt because of money. Again in essence, spend more money on real salmon that swims Upstream, it cost more, preserves the ecosystem and is much healthier for your body.

  32. Watch on YouTube. Is farmed salmon from Costco safe? Observe the label says wild. Worms!!! That’s why we are so confused.

  33. nja, i did not realise that norwegian salmon is toxic and painted. their food is toxic and full on paint pigments. njaa…. also pesticides to kill pests on fish

  34. dude, you're a scientist.. fish is toxic, farmed or not.. look at the peer reviewed medical research.. cadmium, mercury, aluminum, pcbs… I omega 3s where the fish get it.. algae

  35. If I thought farm raised fish were done healthy and they were the same as fresh caught fish I would buy them. I love salmon but most of the places I go have farm raised and I will not chance it. . .

  36. WWF does nothing positive for ' fish farms '. Farms pay an incredible amount of $$$ to WWF to put the label on the food to give the false impression of being healthy.

  37. I wish when you come to a video about is fish safe the guy talking would actually give you an answer. I guess the answer is no? because some farmers can feed them veg oil?

  38. In many locations, we don't have a choice. Even farm raised Salmon fillets are expensive, so we're not dining on them daily. I may have 2 pounds of farm raised Salmon every 3 months, so I doubt that it's a health concern.

  39. Just watched a video that said it was the pesticides making the salmon have fatty tissues. Not one mention of vegetable oil. You sir are spreading false propaganda.

  40. Hunt and fish your own food! Most ethical way to get your food, and if properly cooked it can be the most tasty and nutritious.

  41. I'm no expert but I do not eat farm raised salmon or any other such fish. In general I don't trust the industry to put our health over profits.

  42. I'm in favor of farming fish. I think it's as progressive as farming cows and corn. But I am against the vegetable oil thing. They found out that if you feed cows other cows to eat, they get mad cow disease. So obviously feeding cows or fish the wrong thing is bad farming, for both the animals, and for the humans that eat them. So in my opinion, the problem isn't farming itself, but rather the farming practices that take place. Maybe a few laws and regulations will fix this problem?

  43. Eating lower on foodchains is better for the environment. Eat sardines, and anchovies. Not salmon and tuna.

  44. YES! Avoid it….just watched a documentary and man it was so bad….so much chemicals that are not regulated

  45. Dude…u guys didn't even address the real issue here. The problem with a lot of the fish farms in Europe, notably Norwegian salmon farming is that they feed pellets made from fish from the Baltic Sea, which is where most of Europe's industrial waste is dumped, hence making the fish caught in the Baltic Sea extremely toxic. In addition, farmed fish catch diseases living in such close proximity, – one problem is sea lice which is a deadly parasite – and the farmers are using excessive amounts of harmful pesticides and god knows what kind of other godforsaken chemicals to tackle that. The vegetable oil incident is one tiny example lol. At the end of the day, people will do whatever it takes to make more money and the same thing is happening in the fish farming industry.

  46. I will never eat Norwegian or Canadian farmed salmon again. I am a child of God & he hates his children upset esp from nasty goings on like this!…. Greed.. Watch this space..

  47. Farmed fish is a extramly new method of farming, and the problems we have today will be worked around in the future, so no, dont be afraid of farmed salmon.

  48. As long as a farm uses best practices it is better for the environment for himans to eat farmed than wild.

  49. Thank you for being positive about this industry and not fear-mongering. fish farming is imperfect no form of firming is perfect and it only becomes better by supporting it.

  50. But doesn't bother to mention anything about the antibiotics and chemicals the farmed fish are full of.

    Trace… Such a shill, such a puppet.

  51. Please go visit an Aqua Farm. You will see and learn information that will change your mind. Don't rely on old research. Aqua farming has grown and advanced.

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