There is quite a bit of information concerning our food supply. There is also a good deal of misinformation. Unless one looks beneath the headlines, ‘commonly held perceptions’ can be just as dangerous as ignorance.
Take for example ‘farm-fed fish’. I have heard the argument that because these fish are ‘farm-fed’ they are cleaner than the fish in the wild. After all, the argument goes, the waterways are polluted. This sounds plausible, as we naturally associate ‘farming’ with care and diligence. I have never ‘farmed’ but I have gardened. Gardening is a painstaking enterprise, and the only payoff is beauty.
Farming on the other hand, has as its natural benefit –food. Food is necessary for health. Most people have an expectation that ‘farm-fed’ is more healthy, better for the environment, and less toxic. However, while that is the general consensus of society, in some cases, it is very far from the truth.
The following article gives some insight as to what exactly contributes to ‘farm-fed’ fish. The article states that these fish are fed chicken feces. Additional components are rat hair, mouse hair, chemicals that are used to clean the pens, and the ever present e-coli bacteria.
Farm-fed fish is also contaminated with pesticides that are used to combat sea-lice. These fish are also fed antibiotics to keep them healthy in their confined spaces. Interestingly, these fish have LOWER omega 3 fatty acids than their ‘wild’ cousins.
Enjoy the full article: http://www.draxe.com/eating-tilapia-is-worse-than-eating-bacon/
Until next time,