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Are Farmed Salmon One of the Most Toxic Foods in the World?


his article as you can see from the title is about the negativities of the fish industry and the critics for fish farms around the world. Some of us love fishing and it is a good thing for recreation and relaxation and we do it with love, however the large-scale food production is not the same page.

Reading the news may help you for being aware of the problems that the fisheries nowadays are dealing with starting from overfishing to chemical pollution and genetic mutation the meat of the fish has become a poisonous chemical cocktail. And all we see in reality, regardless of the problems, the fish business has never been more successful. All we are trying to say is that the fish farms are causing more problems than they really solve and we, the people should be aware of it.

Farmed Salmon

This film that is made of this subject is filmed in Norway, showing the chemicals that the fish farms use. Kurt Oddekalv is a appreciated Norvegian environmental activist, and he thinks that salmon farming is a bad for the human health and for Earth. It doesn’t stop with bacteria, drugs and pesticides, he believes that the entire sea floor may be destroyed with this so called openwater farms.

Emamectin benzoate belongs to a class of chemicals called avermectin which are poisons affecting nerve cells. It is classified as a drug because it is fed to the fish rather than applied externally. Also the label of the pesticide ‘Proclaim’, in which emamectin benzoate is the only active ingredient, clearly warns that:

“This pesticide is toxic to fish, birds, mammals, and aquatic invertebrates. Do not apply directly to water, or to areas where surface water is present, or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Do not contaminate water when cleaning equipment or disposing of equipment wash water.”

To address disease, farmers add industrial quantities of drugs into their fish ponds, including a wide array of antibiotics. The side effect is drug resistance, which forces the farmers to keep increasing the dosages. The panga are not the only thing affected by this strategy, of course. Antibiotics spread through the river systems, are absorbed into the fish’s tissues and excreted through feces, which redistributes the drugs into the environment — and to those who eat the fish.

Dibutyltin is a chemical used in PVC plastics. Dibutyltin can interfere with normal immune responses and inflammation control in both animals and humans. A 2008 study found that dibutyltin may be contributing to the rise of allergies, asthma, obesity and other metabolic and immune disorders in humans.Scientists have found that dibutyltin in farm-raised mussels is more than 6 times higher than that of wild mussels.

Another study, conducted at the University of New York at Albany found that dioxin levels in farm-raised salmon are 11 times higher than those in wild salmon.

Dioxins are one of the “dirty dozen,” says the World Health Organization (WHO) because they are highly toxic and are stored for a long time in the body: their half life in fat cells is 7 to 11 years.

Dioxins impair the endocrine, immune, nervous and reproductive systems and are carcinogens. Researchers from the George Mateljan Foundation say that “a good sized salmon farm produces an amount of excrement equivalent to the sewage of a city of 10,000 people.”

Fish farms threaten other sea life in other ways too. Fish farms don’t really combat overfishing: they contribute to it.

Are You Eating Fish, or Fish Waste?

Fish can be one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but in the industrial age you have to be ultra careful about choosing the right type of fish. If you needed another reason to avoid processed foods, watch this film to the end, where it describes how fish waste has become a “highly valued commodity” used in processed foods. At less than 15 cents per kilo, these fish heads and tails, and what little meat is left over after filleting, is a real profit maker.

Virtually nothing actually goes to waste anymore. Fish skins are recycled for use in the cosmetics industry. The remainder of the fish waste is washed and ground into a pulp, which is then used in prepared meals and pet food.

Source: organicandhealthy.org