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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 article was well balanced. Perhaps there were two important messages: first, the consumer really cannot tell what the nutritional content of any specific piece of fish is, and two: although there are pros and cons to wild catch and farmed fish, reliable research does not support a recommendation for avoiding one or the other from a health perspective.

This is good information. I like the way it gives the pros and cons of both farmed and wild. For me, I'll take the wild. Report
Thanks for the great information on wild or farmed fish. Good need to know info! Report
Need to incorporate more fish in my diet. Report
Why is no mention of the way the tilapia is raised??? To me this is hugely important information!!!
Tilapia is raised in ponds in China where they ingest their own waste continually! Not my idea of a healthy fish. I see it on the menus of restaurants and it makes me want to puke. Living 90 miles from the coast and near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers gives me access to wild caught fish. I tend to lean toward wild caught cod and halibut, and get my Omega3s from supplements. Report
I am fortunate enough to live in Hawaii and have grown up eating a variety of ocean fishes, and can often get fresh, local caught in my local market. I know a lot of people eat Tilapia, but I grew up calling it the "rubbish" fish because it thrives in water that is less than clean. When I read up on most farming methods, I am even more inclined to stay away from those fish. I may not be getting high Omega 3 fish, but nothing beats the taste of fresh caught, and I am especially fond of Parrot fish (Uhu). Report
Being an Alabama girl from a small town, I am a long way from wild caught salmon and usually can find only frozen or canned fish. I am concerned about the Carbon Monoxide used to give the frozen fish a "fresh" appearance. We have decided as a family to find alternatives for Omega-3 until we can purchase a safer seafood. Report
I would NEVER eat farmed salmon. It is just farmed Atlantic salmon . I'm not big on eating something that is covered in sea lice and swimming in its own excrement. I'm a Sockeye girl. Pacific salmon, caught in my own backyard and cooked on a cedar plank. The only way to eat it. Report
Very informative article and I appreciate your comments also. Report
I will only eat wild salmon. If you have ever been around a fish farm you would not eat the fish. It smells and the sea bed is dead under the farmed fish. Sorry you won't get me eating farmed salmon. Report
I enjoyed the article. It was very informative. I buy wild salmon instead of farmed. I didn't know, until I read the article, that tilapia and catfish are lean fish. We eat both of those every chance we get. I usually stick to one slice of tilapia and catfish but now that I know that they are lean, I think I'll enjoy that "extra" piece. I love to cook it in olive oil with different herbs. Report
I love to eat my fish. I can have fish every day. But what a great article. Report
Great article. When I buy fish, I only spend my money on wild-caught. Fish is a bit more expensive than some other forms of protein, but it's good for us, and I don't mind spending a little more to avoid getting healthier fish are aren't loaded up with antibiotics, etc. Report
Thanks so much for the very informative "Fish" article!! That was really worth the read.

Great write up!! Thanks again,
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