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Whole Foods Touting Ethical/Healthy/Sustainable Farmed Salmon

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 12, 2012 at 7:03 AM

I have just finished a bowl of said salmon, and to be honest it wasn't very exciting.

I went to the fish counter asking for sushi-grade fish, and they said they had some farm-raised salmon from the Atlantic that was very sustainable, not fed hormones or antibiotics, but they are fed a "natural" dye from barley, "otherwise they'd be white." The guy seemed pretty convinced that these were a smart choice, at least for the environment.

Have you heard of such progress in the salmon-farming industry that to the point of it being acceptable? (Subjective question)

Is farmed fish ever okay? Are there ways to farm fish that do not harm you, or the environment?

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on November 12, 2012
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Unless barley now contains astaxanthin and canthaxanthin, which to my knowledge don't exist-with the exception of some mushrooms and bacteria-outside of the ocean ecosystem, the fish counter is either lying or doesn't know what its talking about

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Unless barley now contains astaxanthin and canthaxanthin, which to my knowledge don't exist-with the exception of some mushrooms and bacteria-outside of the ocean ecosystem, the fish counter is either lying or doesn't know what its talking about

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on November 12, 2012
at 12:00 PM

They are still fed fish food made from grain, right? Salmon was not meant to eat grain, so probably not so good for their health and the n3/n6 ratio of the fish. Also, I don't think large scale grain farming (to support something like this) is sustainable. Lastly, we should question why the fish is white without the dye - probably some indication of poor health (similar to tiny yellow yolks from eggs from factory chickens).

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on November 12, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Not to mention they are destroying the world's mackerel stocks to feed these so-called sustainable fish. http://m.npr.org/story/146083919?url=/blogs/thesalt/2012/01/30/146083919/pacific-mackerel-stocks-that-feed-farmed-salmon-in-decline

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:43 PM

If you do a Google search you will find all you need to know about this, here is one article

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400697/Safe-Sustainable-Farmed-Salmon.html

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on November 12, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Where fish farming is present fish stocks decline I live on the west cost of BC and it's a real problem here. I would only say it's sustainable if the farms are out of the water on dry land just because of the affects on other species.

http://www.salmonaresacred.org/science-salmon-farms

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on November 12, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I have been wondering about that as well. I kind of feel that if they don't offer an in depth explanation of why it's a better farming practice then I am going to assume isn't that trust worthy.

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