Growing 1 pound of farmed salmon requires 3 pounds of wild fish

  • A leader in environmental protection and public outreach, the Environmental Defense Fund has some really good information on wild vs. farmed salmon as they relate to your health and environmental health. According to their website, farmed salmon is inferior to wild salmon in virtually every way except price and year-round availability. Although they do have some suggestions for how farmed salmon operations can improve, these reasons mitigate health and environmental problems only barely. It seems to me that continuing to improve the science and stewardship of natural, wild salmon runs around the world is a better answer. Maintaining or rebuilding wild runs builds a potentially 100% renewable resource to feed people, maintains the health of the ecosystem and curbs the worldwide loss of species/biodiversity––what E. O. Wilson calls the greatest single threat our worlds faces. Maintaining wild places and species keeps the world a healthy and rich place.

    Although it could be argued that wild stocks are limited and farming salmon is the only way to create enough seafood to satisfy the demand (which should increase in the future), it could also be argued that protecting existing wild runs (in Japan, Russia, Alaska and the west coast of the U.S.) and restoring those that have been severely damaged could also meet that demand, and do so more sustainably.


    May 6th, 2011 | Traveler | No Comments |

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