Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 61

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE Woman 7: We eat a lot of salmon. Is it all right to eat Alaska salmon? SK: There is a huge difference in toxin concentration between wild caught and farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is actually not very healthy for you. Wild caught salmon is much healthier. Farmed salmon are fed salmon chow, Purina salmon chow, basically. It’s made of ground-up little, tiny fish. So you can picture it. They’re going to go catch these fish and grind them up for the salmon chow. Obviously they want to make it as cheap as possible, so they take the boat out as short a distance as possible. They fish as close to shore as they can because it uses less diesel fuel and it takes less time. If you think of where the pollution is entering the ocean, the pollution in the inshore area of the ocean is much higher than if you go out another ten, fifteen miles, so the salmon chow is made out of little fish collected in the most polluted part of the ocean. The salmon concentrate those pollutants. Wild caught salmon, on the other hand, are feeding five hundred miles offshore in water that is much cleaner. It’s day and night when you look at the concentrations of toxins in wild caught and in farmed salmon. Farmed salmon aren’t even pink; they dye them pink. Woman 8: So are there labeling laws for farmed salmon versus wild caught? SK: If it’s wild caught, it will say it because it will cost more. Trust me, anyone who is selling you wild caught salmon will indicate if they are “wild caught” or “line caught,” because they’re going to be charging you premium price and they want you to know that you’re buying a product that costs more for a reason. Woman 9: Is Atlantic salmon farmed and Alaskan wild? Man 9: Yes, it is. Some of the farmed salmon have escaped and are now creating runs in Canada and Alaska. When you go out fishing there, you’ve got the limits of how many salmon you can catch. But if you catch an Atlantic salmon, it doesn’t count against the limit. SK: If we were having this conversation in Connecticut, there are wild Atlantic salmon although the number is small. There are a lot of wild Atlantic salmon left in Scandinavia. There are some up in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. They are limited populations. If you’re buying farmed salmon, it’s Atlantic salmon. I only know of one company that tries farming Pacific salmon and it doesn’t work well. And they try selling it at a premium, but Pacific salmon do not do well in salmon farms. It’s 99.99 percent Atlantic salmon. 58