Food testing reveals farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world, having more in common with junk food than health food.
Aquaculture promotes itself as a sustainable solution to overfishing, but it actually takes 1.5 to 8 kilograms (3.3 to 17.6 pounds) of wild fish to produce a single kilogram (2.2 pounds) of farmed salmon.
- Fish farms pollute the aquatic environment and spread disease to wild fish. Farmed fish are also an inferior food source, in part by providing fewer healthy nutrients — in part by containing more toxins.
- Research shows farmed salmon contain five times more toxins than any other food tested, including higher levels of PCBs and dioxin.
- Research also warns that farmed Atlantic salmon may contain PBDEs, toxic flame retardant chemicals that have been restricted or banned in the U.S. and many European countries due to their effects on child development.
- Toxins in the fish feed and environmental concentrations of the chemicals have been identified as the two primary culprits.
Fish are an important part of the ecosystem and the human diet. Unfortunately, overfishing has depleted many fish stocks, and the proposed solution — fish farming — is creating far more problems than it solves.
Not only are fish farms polluting the aquatic environment and spreading disease to wild fish, farmed fish are also an inferior food source, in part by providing fewer healthy nutrients, and in part by containing more toxins, which readily accumulate in fat.