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Why You Should ALWAYS Choose Wild-Caught Fish Over Farm-Raised: The Scary Truth

  • Published on: 17 November, 2013
  • Last update: 04 August, 2017
Something’s fishy here…
credit: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff: The Boston Globe

Is all fish created equal? Not at all. When I think of fish, I think of a healthy, omega-3 packed luxury that is a special treat. I imagine a dedicated fisherman in the depths of scenic Alaska hand-catching my dinner and bringing his daily haul to the local market. In a perfect world, that would be the process. This is not a perfect world. I’m realizing that more every day as our food supply continues to be tampered with.

Meet “farm-raised” fish:
The pictures above are from a website that promotes the fact that you can now “grow fish anywhere.Number 1: I didn’t know fish were supposed to be “grown.” Number 2: Fish are not meant to be just anywhere. They are meant to be in their natural habitats rich in krill, crustaceans, and algae. This food only found in their natural environment is what makes fish such a nutritious and luxurious delicacy. These are essential nutrients from the bottom of the sea, not found in farm tanks.
Did You Know?
So you walk into the grocery store and notice the fish section. You see “Fresh Atlantic Salmon” for $8 per pound, then directly next to it, “Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon” for over $15 dollars. The first one says “fresh” and is cheaper, so most people fall for this marketing buzzword and think nothing of it. Both filets are pink in color and look almost the same, so why should you care? I can give you a few reasons.
  • Salmon gets its natural pink color from krill, which eats red algae.
  • Farm-raised salmon is fed food-pellets that have artificial, chemical color additives. Without these fake food pellets, that “fresh atlantic salmon” would be GREY.
How The Process of Farm-Raised Fish Works
  1. Salmon eggs and sperm are extracted in a lab, then artificially inseminated to create new fish. No natural mating or diversity involved. Bio-engineered birth.
  2. Fish eggs are then incubated in the lab.
  3. Once the babies are born, they are directly transferred to controlled and man-made environments with freshwater instead of the natural salt-water fish thrive in.
  4. Fish are then V A C C I N A T E D. You read right. Vaccinated against “infectious diseases” before they enter a circular pen (pictures above) with thousands of other fish which are not meant to live in such tight quarters.
  5. All ten thousand+ fish are “fattened up” on an artificially concentrated high fat diet of ground up fish, fish oil, and GRAINS. When would fish ever naturally be exposed to grains? How can they digest them? P.s. this grain feed is highly likely to contain GMO’s.
In addition to the jaw-dropping process of how these “farm-raised” fish are created in a lab and kept in a circular prison, farm-raised fish have been found to contain levels of dioxin (highly toxic pollutants that cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer) and PCB’s (synthetic chemicals that create plasticizers in paints, plastics and rubber products). Farm-raised fish have lower levels of omega 3’s and higher levels of damaging omega 6 fats (think canola oil.)
Moral of the story: always choose WILD-CAUGHT salmon, preferably from Alaska. Choose wild-caught varieties of any other fish. The price tag is worth it.

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Hi Olivia! I’m curious what you’re thoughts are on the documentary Cowspiracy. Have you seen it yet? I’m a plant based pescatarian and have tried being vegan but I feel much better including fish in my diet although knowing that wild caught fish is destroying the oceans and killing all kinds of creatures like dolphins, sharks, seals, whales etc. that get caught in the fishing nets, makes it very hard for me to feel okay about eating fish. What are your thoughts on this?



I also feel a LOT better including fish in my diet. Have you checked out the company Vital Choice? They are very sustainable and transparent with their methods if you have ethical concerns. I feel that by cutting out meat from your diet and sustaining yourself on fish only, you are already doing a HUGE service for the animals and the planet (and you also must think about yourself and YOUR health – do what makes you feel best). I try to limit my fish intake to only a few times a week, and I also use spirulina to get protein on other days. Lots of love xx

Katya Y

Olivia, <br />What do you think about &#39;responsibly&#39; farmed by Whole Foods?<br />I&#39;ve been debating over how &#39;trustable&#39; that statement is.<br />Thank you so much for all your posts!


I&#39;m so glad to see you post this .. my husband is very picky about his salmon for these same reasons! A lot of people think salmon=healthy without realizing a lot of the harm that is involved (for us as consumers!). Anyway, thanks for posting 🙂

Olivia A.


He is VERY wise to be picky! We must be careful now that our food supply is so tainted and industrialized. You make a great point. People often choose fish thinking it is a luxury health dish but in fact our fish is not what it used to be and is pumped with artificial toxins. Hope I converted a few to wild-caught. You and your hubby are ahead of the game! 🙂 much love xo

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