Fish has long been praised as a superfood by doctors, nutritionists and specialists from around the world. Many people choose not to eat meat or other animal products and are instead proud of their supposedly health-conscious decision to consume fish. But as with almost everything else that is heavily promoted in the media, there is something fishy going on….
There’s no denying that fish contains many omega-3 essential fatty acids that are known to be good for your brain. Many consider fish to be “brain food” because these nutrients are essential for brain health. Unfortunately, farmed fish, especially salmon and perch, cause more harm than good, and with increasing awareness, many experts claim that farmed fish are one of the most toxic foods in the world.
What’s the problem with fish farms?
Fisheries today face a number of problems, including overfishing, chemical pollution, and even genetic mutations due to toxic exposures. Nicholas Daniel’s documentary “Fillet-Oh-Fish” takes a critical look at the fish farming industry around the world and features exclusive insider footage of fish farms and how they operate. According to the film’s producers, “the flesh of the fish we eat has become a deadly chemical cocktail due to intensive farming and global pollution.”
Unfortunately, aquaculture often promotes itself as a sustainable solution to the overfishing of the world’s oceans. The reality, however, is that fish farms actually cause more problems than they solve, and it seems that making a profit is more important to these companies than sustainability or environmental concerns.
Farmed salmon is actually one of the most toxic foods in the world
The film mentioned above begins in Norway and documents the chemicals used in fish farms. Kurt Oddekalv, a respected Norwegian environmental activist, is convinced that salmon farming is a disaster for human health and the environment.
Beneath the salmon farms of the Norwegian fjords is a layer of garbage about 15 meters high, which, as you can imagine, is teeming with bacteria, drugs and pesticides. Since these farms operate in open waters, the entire seabed has been destroyed, and the pollution caused by these farms is not spatially limited. One salmon farm can hold nearly 2 million fish in a relatively small space. Because of these crowded conditions, diseases are widespread among the fish.
Various pesticides are used to ward off diseases, and if you eat this fish, there is no doubt at all that you are also eating these pesticides yourself.
Toxicologist Jerome Ruzzin has confirmed some of Oddekalv’s statements. After testing a number of different food groups sold in Norway for toxins, he found that farmed salmon contained the greatest amount of toxins, and at extremely high levels. Farmed salmon was five times more toxic than any other food product tested. A study in which farmed salmon was fed to mice showed how the mice became obese, especially with fat around their internal organs, and they also developed diabetes.
In recent years, diabetes has been found to be caused by much more than sugar, in particular, toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the food we consume, and in this case, we learn that salmon farmed in this way inevitably contain far more toxins than their wild counterparts.
As highlighted in the documentary, the most surprising source of toxic exposure to fish is not even pesticides or antibiotics, but the normal dry food pellets. These contain a whole host of other toxic chemicals, including dioxins and PCBs, and these fish never had a chance.
The list of everything that is wrong with the farmed fish industry is getting worse and longer, and if you want to learn more about it, you should check out the documentary below.
So what can we do?
Stop eating farmed fish at all costs! This is the most effective action you can take to save your health and prevent this industry from further polluting the oceans and our environment. If you haven’t made a basic decision to stop consuming animal products and are still considering eating fish, stick to wild Atlantic salmon, Alaskan salmon (which cannot be farmed), or start a new hobby and fish your own fish! You can tell the difference between farmed and wild caught fish by its color, as farmed fish is usually very pale pink, and wild caught is deep red.
Wild caught salmon can be quite expensive, so sardines and anchovies can be a good alternative for their nutritional value and sustainability level. There are also a number of plant-based alternatives that will give your brain what it needs without the risk of toxic contamination. These include walnuts, brussels sprouts, chia, hemp and flaxseed – it’s best to choose organic products when doing so.
Saving a few euros with cheaper fish is not worth risking your health. When you’re at a restaurant or eating sushi, ask if the fish is farmed and where it comes from. The only way to stop this industry in its tracks is to first stop our support as consumers, and honestly, this industry should be stopped legally. If awareness continues to grow about this massive issue, it is only a matter of time before this happens legislatively.
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