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Opinions on Farmed Shrimp?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 23, 2011 at 1:16 AM

I usually buy the uncooked wild version, but sometimes cannot make it to the store that sells that variety. I can buy pre-cooked, farmed, frozen version right down the street. What should I know about this variety of shrimp?

I don't eat farmed fish, but shrimp pretty much eat crap off the ocean floor anyhow... how bad can farmed be?

Thanks!

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on May 30, 2011
at 03:56 PM

MDA update: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/a-quick-guide-to-shrimp/#more-21661

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on May 23, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I read that initially but missed on the re-read. Saiklón, you may want to check in on Mark's posts this week to see what he has to say.

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on May 23, 2011
at 09:03 AM

Actually, he said that he will deal with shrimp in a separate post (I guess this week) :)

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:26 AM

im sort of curious about the same thing, too. shrimp is one of the areas i go cheap on. i get the big bag of frozen, peeled, raw shrimp from costco and keep them on hand for a fast dinner. i otherwise buy shares in pastured livestock, semi-pastured poultry from a locl farm and get wild salmon, cod, hake, haddock, clams and lobster. the costco shrimp ive found is a good way to save money and have paleo-convenience food on hand.

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on May 24, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Personally, I believe all (modern factory-) farming processes corrupt the meat they produce. Everything that was once instinct and second nature is now formulated, controlled conditions. By man, no less! I wouldn't trust it, like UncleLongHair*. They've actually already produced a GMO salmon, one that CAN EAT GRAIN, they're fighting it out over the need for labeling in congress or some other government body I can't remember.

*is that a reference to HK politics?

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on May 24, 2011
at 10:30 AM

I have a "thing" about farm-raised seafood. There is farm-raised salmon, which sounds great on paper (cheap, sustainable, etc) but then you see this pale-looking stuff at the store, and realize it's the lightest shade of pink AFTER they add artificial coloring (meaning it must be white without it), and it tastes like cardboard. There were studies a while back that determined that farm-raised salmon actually had higher levels of toxic PCB's than wild-caught, and have less omega-3's, and were fed a bunch of fillers, antibiotics, and coloring agents. Now they're talking about introducing genetically modified salmon. So it looks terrible, tastes terrible, and isn't very good for you -- I won't even consider touching any farm raised salmon.

Then farm-raised mussels which were also supposed to be a great idea (wild-caught mussels tend to be small and hard to clean), but they are soft and have absolutely no flavor. Farm raised mussels probably have less toxins than wild-caught, but I think filtering something besides farm water is what gives them their flavor and texture.

I suppose shrimp don't have a whole lot of color or flavor anyway, and are probably easier to farm raise than salmon. But given what they are doing with other kinds of seafood and my general mistrust of factory farm raised food of any kind, I always opt for wild shrimp, and if none are available, I just get something else. In my area, local wild caught blue fish are almost always available, and are cheap and rich in omega-3, so this is my "go to" cheap fish.

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:39 AM

Mark Sisson doesn't seem to express too much concern: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/farmed-seafood-safe-nutritious/

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on May 23, 2011
at 09:03 AM

Actually, he said that he will deal with shrimp in a separate post (I guess this week) :)

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on May 23, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I read that initially but missed on the re-read. Saiklón, you may want to check in on Mark's posts this week to see what he has to say.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on May 30, 2011
at 03:56 PM

MDA update: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/a-quick-guide-to-shrimp/#more-21661

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:32 AM

You need to be careful about iodine, but I eat farmed shrimp sometimes. I have heard that some farming methods can be destructive and there is always the concern about water quality but I don't worry about it too much

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