I am a vegetarian, and have been for a long, long time. But I do worry about my girls getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids in their diets, and of course protein. So, we’ve given our daughter wild salmon before (with my husband cooking it- I can’t get over the skin thing). I’ve avoided farmed salmon because of the environmental problems associated with it–and there are many (read this for more information).
There is much more to this story, however. Turns out, eating farmed salmon is also risky for all of us humans, especially small developing ones. Apparently, eating farmed salmon dramatically increases your exposure to cancer causing PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Read the Environmental Working Group’s detailed study about this and problems with the EPA’s outdated recommendations for eating farmed salmon–there are also tips for reducing your exposure in the prepping and cooking process.
The impact of eating farmed fish is also harmful to a developing fetus. This article explains how unborn children can suffer reduced IQ, reduced attention span, behavioral problems, and problems with the immune and reproductive systems’ development. That is a long and scary list. Read here for more information.
What fish is the safest to eat? CHEC shares a great list of safer fish choices with tips for reducing exposure in the preparation and cooking stages as well. Check it out.
Safe Fish CHEC List
Farmed salmon also has less of the beneficial Omega-3 acids, yet another reason to buy and eat wild salmon if you eat fish! USDA testing revealed farm salmon contains 35% less Omega-3s, according to the EWG.
The list of reasons to avoid farmed salmon is long, this is only one tired parent’s summary and short review of this issue.