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Wild or Farmed Fish: What's Better?

The Pros and Cons for Your Health and the Planet


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  • the only fish we usually eat is what we have cought our selves. yes we know the risks but we like the taste better. fresh salmon cought at the local creek tastes better than any frozen or "fresh" we could buy in the market.
  • I just grilled some salmon and had some grilled shrimp a few days ago for dinner. They were delicious! I'm enjoying my toaster oven and all its features!
  • KIWI913
    I never really knew the less-than-obvious differences between farmed and wild fish. I think I will stick with paying a little more for the wild !
  • This is a very informative article with a lot of detail so people can make their own choice regarding the consumption of salmon. Actually I stopped eating salmon some time ago even tho I love it (well, the wild salmon) and even tho I know it can be a very healthy choice because the stories that I had been hearing about farmed salmon blew my mind and I have issues regarding overfishing wild salmon. Such a shame.
  • By the way, the wild frozen salmon is pricey. I balanced it out in my mind and pocketbook by making cuts in every way I could and figure that if we are only eating it once a week or two I can work it out. Althought I don't know if I could afford it every week and they do say to eat it once or even twice a week. I hope we still get the nutritional benefits from once every week or two.
  • Food City has really good frozen wild salmon under their organic label "Full Circle". We don't have a Costco where I live or I would try the fish that was suggested. I decided to try it after reading in Prevention magazine that it was much better for the environment to eat frozen fish (because of shipping pollution) and I was really surprised and pleased to find that it tasted much better than the "fresh" farmed fish I had bought at the fish counter.
    I've read that some fish is sold as 'wild' is not---it is really farmed. This must have been the only time I've ever had wild salmon, because my family noticed a big difference in the taste and color. It wasn't as fat----it was much leaner. More like rainbow trout. The color was very pink and the taste was wonderful. It was easy to prepare it with just lemon and pepper and satisfy everyone.
  • I love fish, but this may be a little more information than I wanted to know. Great article though.
  • I have to agree... The Trident WILD salmon patties that Costco sells are great - either by themselves, in a sandwich or whatever... I have them probably 3-4 times a week at least.

    I don't care for farmed salmon, it's too mushy for me, I prefer the little gamier taste as some would call it of the wild salmon. Farmed salmon doesn't have a lot of flavor.

    Costco carries other types of fish that are great also... pre-frozen and individually portioned which works great for me. Have any of you tried the MorningStar Chipotle black bean burgers from there? Another good one, even tho it's not fish.
    I love the Trident Salmon Burgers available in the freezer at Costco/ It is wild caught, easy to prepare and not too expensive - three of my favorite things!
  • It's good to know that the lean fish is important too! We're always just hearing about eating the fatty fish.
    Great in-depth and timely article.
  • Great information. I have tasted both farmed and wild salmon. As far as taste goes, I don't believe that the wild salmon tastes better. I think it is psychological. Especially, after reading an article like this one. It makes one more environmentally and health conscious.
    I actually got "farmed" salmon in an upscale restaurant many years ago. I didn't know it. I just thought it tasted bad and kept sending it back. Finally the waiter told me it was farmed and that sometimes changed the taste. I never buy farmed; not since that time. It tastes better and I believe (right or wrong), it is better overall environmentally, nutritionally...organically!
  • I have lived in Alaska for many years and when farming first began I saw a documentry on Farming vs. Wild. After seeing that I NEVER BUY FARMED!!! The only thing does is pad the pockets of the "farmer". Thank you for an eye opening article so others know what they are in for when buying "farmed fish"

    Lets support wild fishing and our hard working "Wild Fishermen"

    "Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish"
    Today, farmed salmon are being "trained" to live on corn. These salmon are nowhere near as healthy to eat as farmed salmon eating a "normal" diet. Remember, salmon are carnivorous; eating a majority of their food as vegetable matter is not healthy.

    Tilapia, catfish, and trout are fresh-water fish; most other fish sold in food markets are ocean fish. There are different nutrients available to these animals; be aware of that.

    I like the fact this article mentions overfishing. Fish such as orange roughy or Chilean sea bass (actually a toothfish) breed very slowly and are in more danger of overfishing than cod... and we saw what happened to them in the Grand Banks.

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