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Farm Raised Lobster?


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I was just listening to the radio and heard that Red Lobster is trying to revolutionize the way people eat lobster by farm raising it. Apparently farm raising lobster has been tried numerous times before, but it's impossible to do since lobsters have to be in a pretty vast environment because they attack one another and need to eat a vast quantity of food. But with over 700 carneous chains and the oil spill in the Gulf putting a wrench in their business, Red Lobster is looking at different ways to bring out the Seafood Lover in you. Someone called into the program and said that Red Lobster already farms pretty much all of the fish they use in a plant in FL. Caller said it is a 3 week process of the farming and then it's shipped to the restaurant. But not all the fish is farmed. The fish that they advertise as being fresh, apparently is fresh. Listening to this got me really thinking about the things that I eat. I've made a real conscious effort to prepare my meals at home so I can control what goes in to it. But for years I lived on dining out - it was how I kept social with friends and as a "foodie" in the making I loved trying new foods at different restaurants. I would rarely eat at chains, but I did nevertheless. And when I wasn't dining out I was eating those skillet meals in a bag that all you basically have to do is heat up. I'm just thinking about all the processed food that I've eaten over the years and the possible damage that it did to my body. Kinda scary. I've cut out dining at most chain restaurants with the exception of Chipotle because of their environmentally sound practices. But the place is (or was) owned by McDonald's and corporations by virtue of being corporations lie to consumers. But I think in order to be good to myself and to the environment I need to eat more foods that are local and prepared by me in my kitchen.

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DYA177 8/14/2010 3:06PM

    Schen, no matter how we see it and try to avoid it, were are going to end up eating not so fresh food, or overgrown pesticide food. Of course, we eat LESS of it while eating at home, but the ingredients come from the store, which in turn come from the farms....you get my picture. I mean we are still alive. That should mean something?? Right.

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APRILBLESS 8/12/2010 12:39PM

    Umm, I think I may be completely DE-sensitized to this for some odd reason, I don't know...(lol). I've never gotten on the organic, pure, fresh, farm raised, local, nonlocal crazes, whatever they may be. So, sorry to the lobsters. I just eat the best food I can 1) find, and 2) afford, and 3) easily cook.

I think we damage our bodies a number of different ways no matter what we do in this lifetime. And the food industry supplies so much of our food, that you can only roll with the punches so much. I don't smoke, but hey, every now and then I end up eating non-farm raised hamburgers. Hmm...

I like those chemical laden, fat, candied foods from the restaurants and the fast food joints and the candy aisles because they taste SO GOOD! (lol) I'm human. And I don't feel guilty or scared about it, chemicals, MSG and all. I just eat it in very limited moderation now (as a treat)... and continue to cook from home as much as possible. Lean meat and fresh veggies combined in a slow cooker... rules!
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Plus never forget the amazing ability of the body to regenerate and heal, despite years of damage. This is the very design of just our livers alone, not to mention other organs. How cool is that?
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POOHLA711 8/12/2010 9:47AM

    Scary, indeed. I have been thinking a lot about the processed food that I have eaten over the years as well. Many of the foods that I'm addicted to are not even "food"! Like candy for example. Sour patch kids, gummy bears, all chemicals.
I'm trying to make a conscious effort to limit the "fake food" in my diet, but it is so hard! I joined a website called www.shopwell.com and tried to filter out products that have limited or no chemicals... man, are the choices limited!!! There are chemicals in everything! What are we doing to ourselves?


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DENI_ZEN 8/12/2010 9:02AM

    Schen, this is so sad! I love to make salmon in our smoker, for instance, but I feel like I'm wasting my money if I get the farm-raised version. Maybe it's all in how often we dine out? If it were fairly often for me, I'd probably be more choosy than I am, but since it's only once a month...well, you know the grisly story with ME, lol! I go to the trough (aka "all-you-can-eat buffet") and just lay waste to everything that calls my name :) But the rest of the month, I'm headed to the farmers' market on Saturdays and stick to healthy chicken, fish, and fat-free cottage cheese and yogurt as protein sources. I'm almost 60, so maybe I'm less concerned than when I was younger :) - Sandi emoticon

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AMETHYST73 8/11/2010 11:10PM

    Hey darl,

Well farmed lobster is still fresh, it's just bred and grown in a controlled environment. ONe of the things about farmed fish is that other fish and stuff apart from the target fish get tangled in the huge nets they use to enclose the farms so it's a bit dodgy, but no more or less dodgy than fish caught in the wild using dragnets and the like. Lotta critters get wasted as a by product of fishing or any sort unfortunately.

It's something I've been struggling with as I love eating fish and god knows it's good for you and low in calories but recent studies are claioming that on 50 years our oceans will be FISHED OUT.

Like, EMPTY.

Which, frankly, freaks me out.

Anyway babe, don't fret about the foods you ate in the past, let's just concentrate on trying to eat as healthily - and ethically - as we can now.

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J2740LOU 8/11/2010 9:18PM

    We eat most meals at home prepared by me in my kitchen with as much fresh produce as we can find from a local farm. Our date night we always have dinner at a small restaurant owned and operated by friends of ours, so we know it is clean and uses good quality food in the preparation of everything they serve.

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