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A report issued in 2003 by the Environmental Working Group found that farm-raised salmon contained approximately 16 times the PCBs found in wild salmon.

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Smart Tips

July 28, 2009

Safe Seafood

If you want to cure hunger and widespread famine,
You won't answer this problem with farm-raised salmon.
The conditions they're raised in can be very sub-par,
Instead try to eat salmon where the wild fish are.

Something Smells Fishy

For a fine meal with numerous health rewards, salmon's all the rage. A low-cal culinary treat with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is served for dinner on a weekly basis in many U.S. homes. However, what many people don't know about salmon could be hurting them:

  • Most grocery store chains sell farm-raised salmon which could be coming from farms where they're overfed toxin-laden food and kept in crowded conditions amongst their own waste and open-tank pollutants.
  • Farm-raised salmon may ingest polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from their feed, a toxin that, with high levels of exposure, can cause a number of serious ailments in humans including cancer, heart disease, liver damage and Parkinson's Disease, just to name a few.
  • Salmon that escape from their farms can also spread diseases and parasites amongst wild salmon as well as deplete their resources. Protecting wild salmon communities in their natural environment is crucial to the circle of life!

Wild salmon can be purchased at your local Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or other natural markets. When in season wild caught sockeye salmon can even be purchased at Costco, but be care-ful farm raised salmon sits side by side with wild. In addition, nearly all canned salmon is wild - so you don't have to completely cut salmon out of your diet to avoid the PCBs.

Check It Out

Scientific facts on PCBs:
Closed-tank salmon farms - a more eco-friendly way to raise farmed fish:
Check out this blog for a photo of an open salmon farm and some background info:

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