Posted on September 11, 2013
Eating farmed fish is no better for our health or the environment than eating factory farmed, corn-fed beef. It's true that consuming fish or fish oils will give you essential omega 3 fatty acids and a healthy dose of protein that provide us with a myriad of excellent health benefits. However, as many people are starting to realize that fish may be healthier for us than beef, food producers are jumping on the bandwagon and we're now seeing over production to encourage over-consumption. Here's where too much of a good thing goes bad.
To meet the needs and perceived demand, most fish is no longer wild caught, but farmed and not like Old McDonald, but more like the factory farms you see in themeatrix. As reported in an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, "Feed has long been an area of controversy in aquaculture, as originally wild fish such as anchovies, herrings and sardines were used to prepare the fishmeal fed to farmed fish, depleting the natural fish supply in some areas. For instance, of the global krill catch, about 43 percent is used for aquaculture feed!" They're using (wasting) highly nutritious krill to feed to salmon and shrimp which are also fed anti-biotics and hormones to keep them from getting sick and to make sure they grow bigger and fatter to fetch a higher price-point.
They're also feeding fish soy. Not only is most of the soy grown in the US genetically modified, but fish don't naturally eat soy. So like cows eating corn when their stomaches are biologically designed to digest grass, the fish are producing unnatural waste in the ocean that pollutes our waters and if the fish aren't killed off from the glyphosate toxins in the "Roundup Ready" Soy, than the contaminants will. Studies show glyphosate-based herbicide formulations (genetically modified) are extremely toxic to fish and oceanlife.
Bottom line, eating fish that is wild caught is healthier for us. Eating farmed fish creates the same problems we have here on land: loss of acreage, viable soil, air pollution, water pollution, animals sickly from being cooped up and not allowed to live naturally, and finally fish waste and uneaten feed further litter the sea floor beneath these farms, generating bacteria that consume oxygen vital to shellfish and other bottom-dwelling sea creatures.
As Michael Pollan said, "eat food, not too much, mostly plants". With these words of wisdom we can keep humanity, and our planet, sustainable. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has great pocket guide to help you make informed and responsible choices. Now that's brain food!