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9 Things Everyone Should Know About Farmed Fish

Fish Farming

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  • About half of the world’s seafood now comes from fish farms, including in the US, and this is expected to increase
  • Levels of omega-3 fats are reduced by about 50 percent in farmed salmon, compared to wild salmon, due to the use of grain and legume feed
  • Farmed salmon may spread diseases to wild populations, interbreed with wild species, threatening the wild gene pool with irreversible biopollution
  • Fish farms may drive small fish like sardines (used for farmed fish feed) to extinction
  • Fish farms, or aquaculture, has been deemed both ecologically and economically unstable, with “an unequal tradeoff between environmental costs and economic benefits”
  • High levels of contaminants are common in farm-raised salmon; the Norwegian Health Department went on the record recently warning against eating too much farmed salmon for this reason

By Dr. Mercola

Industrial fish farming, or aquaculture, is the fastest growing form of food production in the world. About half of the world's seafood now comes from fish farms, including in the US, and this is expected to increase.


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