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What's better farmed salmon or wild salmon

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer about 7 years ago

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wssmom
added about 7 years ago

According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, wild-caught salmon from Alaska is the best choice. Seafood Watch recommends wild-caught salmon from Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington as these are ocean-friendly choices. “Avoid” salmon farmed in open net pens. Salmon farmed on land in “closed” or “contained” farms is a viable alternative that points the way to a more environmentally-friendly future for salmon farming.

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pierino
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added about 7 years ago

Wild caught salmon is a far better choice. Although it will cost you more. Farmed salmon has to be fed agents that will approximate their natural color, but don't really come close. That's because salmon are not naturally vegetarians, in the wild they feed on tiny shrimp whereas penned salmon are fed Monsanto products. And if they escape in numbers from pens they can also endanger the natural fishery.

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pierino
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added about 7 years ago

Wild caught salmon is a far better choice. Although it will cost you more. Farmed salmon has to be fed agents that will approximate their natural color, but don't really come close. That's because salmon are not naturally vegetarians, in the wild they feed on tiny shrimp whereas penned salmon are fed Monsanto products. And if they escape in numbers from pens they can also endanger the natural fishery.

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pierino
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added about 7 years ago

Sorry about the double post, I got a "bad gateway" message on the first try.

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Butternut
added about 7 years ago

Farmed salmon has a gamier taste, in my opinion. Okay if you are going to use a marinade, sauce, etc. for a more "covered" preparation. Served a gorgeous wild salmon recently, purchased from a local fisherman at a farmer's market, and cooked it simply to let the quality shine through. Guests were floored. It was pricey, but would not have been possible with cheap farmed salmon. Have to say, the beautiful wild salmon, plain, was better than the marinated and sauced farmed version. So perhaps, moral of the story is, buy wild, if/when it's doable, for those special occasions that call for gorgeous food...

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Crispini
added over 6 years ago

Go for wild caught salmon! And as Butternut advises, prepare it simply to let the quality shine through. Respect the fish, don't over cook or over sauce and realize what you are indulging in.

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fernetaboutit
added over 6 years ago

Wild. I grew up on an island in Alaska and farmed fishing has had a toll on many members of my friends and family! Plus it tastes better!

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