For so many years we’ve been encouraged to eat salmon and other cold-water fish for optimal health. Wild salmon contains rockstar nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, magnesium, selenium, etc. It has been suggested that regular salmon consumption prevents cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and improves immune function. Wild-caught salmon is an all-around nutritious food.
Healthful: Wild Caught Salmon
Unfortunately, 80% of the salmon found at your grocer is farmed salmon, not wild-caught.
Farmed salmon do not eat a natural fish diet. They can’t. They are fed formulated fish meal and fish oil. Fish oil. I guess so they are more like real fish? Because these salmon don’t eat what wild salmon does, they can’t have the same nutritional content. In addition, they are subject to antibiotics, hormones (steroids), and red dye. Most of us are familiar with the use of antibiotics and hormones in factory farmed animals and the questions concerning the safety of such. Red dye is added to mock the appearance of naturally grown, responsibly harvested salmon. Food dyes are questionable in processed foods; we certainly don’t want them in such a wonderful source of supposed natural nutrition!
Study links farmed salmon to disease
On the quickly approaching horizon, we have genetically engineered salmon. Right now in Panama are tanks of salmon that grow twice as fast as the natural species. Researchers engineered this species by altering growth hormone genes to overexpress. AquaBounty Technologies has spent 18 years and $60 million to get their science experiment on your plate. In May 2013 the FDA closed their request for consumer input and the final decision dangles in the air. To me, the objections to this and all genetically modified organisms are intrinsic. I hope I don’t sound ignorant, but it just scares me to mess with nature. There is scientific research to back my feelings, however, I am not here to convince you of anything but that you think before you eat.
The well-rounded argument against GMOs
1.8 million oppose GE salmon
As is, if and when these genetically modified salmon make it to your local market, they will not be specially labeled for the consumer to make an informed choice. Instead, you will have to look for labels that promote that they are wild-caught fish. Before you buy, look at the label on canned varieties and ask your grocery associate for documentation of where the salmon at the counter comes from. When it comes to food, better safe than sorry.