fresh or farmed

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-10-05 22:27:06 -0500
Started 2008-09-24 22:27:42 -0500

I am trying to learn more about the debate of fresh food over farmed food. particularly fish.
Fresh fish, the nature kind, is full of pollutants and mercury. sea food is also tainted. On the other hand, farmed fish is like chicken. they are given foods that have aditives in them to make them look good and taste good. So, which is the lesser of two evils. I quess its kind of like the debate of do you eat organic or not.

6 replies

kdroberts 2008-09-29 08:22:12 -0500 Report

It's an interesting question with no real answer. Sometimes wild is best, sometimes farmed is best and rarely organic is best.

A lot of people think that organic means good for you. In fish that's really not the case. To get a certified organic fish you have to farm it and a good proportion of the organic farms are not good for the environment round the farm. You still get some of the pollutants that are in the ecosystem as well. Some fish is endangered (Atlantic cod is a prime example) so it is better to look for either a farmed version or a wild version from a different area (Pacific line caught cod in this example). A lot of farms are not environmentally friendly and damage the ecosystems around them. Not good to buy those. Sometimes wild is best because of the sustainability and habitat of the fish. Alaskan salmon being a good example.

Check out this guide it has regional guides as to what fish you should look out for and what you should avoid. In realistic terms it will take a lot for things to change because people will generally buy what they want rather than what they should buy. However, the more people who avoid the "bad" fish the less likely stores are to buy it and the "good" fish will become stocked more widely.

Avera 2008-09-25 16:18:30 -0500 Report

I don't know very much about anything except farm raised fish, meaning catfish and salmon. I have had both. Actually I purchased them and did read the labels before doing so. The ones I buy have no chemicals added. The salmon are packaged and raised by Kelly Clarke Seafood and the catfish are done locally here in NC by Anderson Products. I buy the salmon frozen and the catfish not frozen.

GabbyPA 2008-09-25 11:44:08 -0500 Report

Organic is one way of steering clear of some of that "stuff". The other is checking on the lables of beef for grass fed, these are leaner and are not supposed to have additives. I check with my butcher about where the product is coming from and if it is full of hormones. I don't always know, and it is a bother sometimes to try to figure it all out.
I suppose if you raise your own, feed them yourself and then eat them....then you will really know. It's just so hard to eat something you have cared for.
I have a friend who raises rabbits, and they are great. We get one every once in a while. Very good, tender meat, little fat, and lite flavor.

DonnaAnn 2008-09-25 14:14:32 -0500 Report

no matter what you do, youget additives! if you feed your own meat grain, the additives are in their feed. i feel like it is a loosing battle.

GabbyPA 2008-09-25 14:50:46 -0500 Report

thats what I mean. You can control better if you have a FARM...can we all sing old McDonald?? LOL
Yeah, the FDA has so many loop holes that even if they say it is hormone free, who knows what else is in there. If we feed our livestock natural things like we eat (we do eat natural, right?) then we have a better chance.

DonnaAnn 2008-10-05 22:27:06 -0500 Report

my favorite song use to be Farmer in the Dell. I never did find out what a Dell was!
wish i had a green house!

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