4 Disgusting Reasons Why You Should Avoid Farmed Fish!
The food industry has no shortage of awful secrets just waiting to be uncovered. In the past, we’ve spoken about tuna that isn’t really tuna, food that gives you brain worms, and Frankensteaks.
Today’s topic is about farmed fish, which is “one of the most toxic foods in the world ” according to Dr. Mercola.
“Filet-Oh!-Fish” is Nicholas Daniel documentary that takes a scathing look at the fish industry with footage from fish farms all around the world. The scenes depicted are a far cry from what you see on shows like Deadliest Catch.
The documentary brings to light several reasons to avoid farmed fish, which I will explore in detail today.
Reason 1 – Overcrowding
There is massive presence in the global fish industry in Norway . As Canada, they control 92% of all salmon farms. That’s pretty concerning when you consider the dire state most Norwegian fish farms are in. More than 2 million fish in small space can hold single salmon farm in Norway. A Norway study found that this crowding stresses the fish, which affects their flesh quality.
One report found that salmon crowding often results in fish having bleeding eyes and “humpbacks” . 2 million fish produce a ton of waste that leads to disease that can spread rapidly due to the small space these fish are crammed into. Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus and Pancreas Disease are two of the diseases especially common to Norway fish.
Salmon isn’t the only fish that’s overcrowded. UK trout is even worse; they’re often kept in spaces that equate to roughly 27 trout being kept in a bathtub of water.
Reason 2 – The chemicals used in fish production harm both the environment and humans.
Fish farming industry is doing nothing to prevent the spread of disease among their fish. They actually use tons and tons of chemicals and pesticides . One of the most harmful aquaculture processes says Farmed and Dangerous . Open net cages are placed in the ocean, which allows the chemicals and pesticides to seep into the various ecosystems therein. Sea seals and lions die in large amounts when they eat the chemically laced farmed fish that manage to escape their pens.
You don’t have to imagine because it’s well documented. Nervous system-disrupting PCBs and Mercury are just two of the chemicals in fish that harm humans, as PETA reports.
Reason 3 – The fish produced on farms are genetically mutated.
In the fish industry biotechnology is commonly used to produce what is known as triploid fish. These fish are unable to reproduce, and their sexual maturity is delayed. This causes a reduction in flesh quality as well as low blood hemoglobin levels and spinal deformities .Fish farms subject their salmon to sex reversals by hormone treatment to ensure that only female fish are hatched. In the trout industry ,this maximizes profits tens of millions of eggs are produced each year in the UK.
Reason 4 – Fish farming is incredibly inhumane.
Each year 110 billion farmed fish are killed for human consumption. This does not include the fish that are killed for bait or the predators that die after eating chemical-laden farmed fish. The number of trout and salmon killed in the UK alone works out to more than the amount of sheep, cattle , pigs and turkeys combined that are killed. Really appalling is the way farmed fish are killed , they are starved for about 7-10 days before they are killed. Slaughtering methods include suffocation on ice, which prolongs the suffocation process. Fish are aware of what’s happening to them for as many as 15 minutes after they’re removed from the water.
The UK Farm Animal Welfare Council five years ago, recommended that these procedures be banned, but they are still in wide use today.
And then there’s carbon dioxide stunning.
In a bath of carbon dioxide-saturated water fish are often placed that causes them to thrash around for about 30 seconds, after which they are still conscious even as their gills are being cut with a knife.
All of this information has led many experts to state the need for reform in the fishing industry.
To learn more, take a look at the video below!