Shockingly, research finds that the most abundant source of toxic exposure is not actually the pesticides or the antibiotics, but the dry pellet feed that they feed farm raised salmon. Pollutants found in the fish feed include dioxins, PCBs, and a number of different drugs and chemicals. These contaminants cause permanent damage to the organism and is associated with autism, ADHD, disorders of the immune system and the endocrine system.
According to Dr. Monsen, a prominent biologist:
“I do not recommend pregnant women, children or young people eat farmed salmon. It is uncertain in both the amount of toxins salmon contain, and how these drugs affect children, adolescents and pregnant women… The type of contaminants that have been detected in farmed salmon have a negative effect on brain development and is associated with autism, ADD / ADHD and reduced IQ. We also know that they can affect other organ systems in the body’s immune system and metabolism.”
Omega-3 Levels in Farmed Salmon Is Nearly Half of That in Wild Salmon
According to the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO), today’s farmed fillet may contain as little as half of the omega-3s as it did less than a decade ago. This is because farmed salmon are now feasting on byproducts of hog and poultry processing, soybeans and soybean oil, canola oil, corn and other grain instead of small wild fish high in omega-3s.
Farmed Salmon Can Cause Cancer
Did you know that eating more than one meal of farm-raised salmon per month can increase your risk of developing cancer in the future due to the increased levels of chemicals and antibiotics?
Farm-raised salmon contain PCB which are cancer-causing chemicals at a concentration 16 times higher than wild salmon, and the level of dioxin is also higher, by a factor of 11 fold.
Banned Synthetic Astaxanthin
Farmed salmon get filled full of synthetic astaxanthin that no government has ever approved for human consumption. The feed given to farmed fish is a dull gray color. This potentially harmful variety of astaxanthin is used to make salmon flesh look more of a pink color so humans who eat farmed salmon will be fooled into believing they are eating real wild fish.
Facts About Farmed Salmon:
- are fed pellets of chicken feces, corn meal, soy, genetically modified canola oil and other fish containing concentrations of toxins
- have seven times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon
- have 30 times the number of sea lice
- are fed toxic chemicals to give them color
- are given antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock
- have less omega 3’s due to lack of wild diet
- are susceptible to more disease