Did you know that the fish farming industry is expanding? In the year of 2012 over 66 million tons of farm fished were produced compared to the 63 million tons of beef produced (Mercola). While you do want to insure that you and your loved ones are receiving your omega 3’s and other nutrients from fish, you may want to double check that label and learn where that fish swam in from. Due to the type of feed and antibiotics most farmed fish are raised on, some of these fish are best to avoid. The tight spaced and close contact the fish experience throughout their life span make them susceptible to contract disease. To counter these conditions, the food is loaded with antibiotics. Yes, it is a good thing to keep the fish from harmful bacteria but consuming too much antibiotics, for fish and humans, can compromise our immune systems. This makes it harder for our bodies to ward off disease (Perlmutter). The feed is also mostly artificial food dye, cornmeal, grains, or legumes, making the farm raised fish lose about 50% of the omega 3’s found in wild fish (Mercola). And these farm raised fish are not only affecting the human diet, millions of these fish escape into the wild each year, making it easier for bacteria to spread. With wild and farmed fish mating the resulting life span of the offspring is drastically shortened compared to the average wild fish (Mercola).
So what can you do to prevent fish farming and the consumption of them? Learn who you’re are buying from. There are wild fish vendors. Dr. Mercola recommends looking for an Alaska brand, or you can do your own research on how the fish were raised in the given market/store.