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Farmed or Wild?

By admin | In Nutrition | on May 17, 2011

A while ago, I posted about the Monterey Bay Aquarium app that tells you what seafood is safe (for consumption as well as for the environment). Recently, Mark’s Daily Apple posted an article elaborating on the topic of farmed vs fresh fish.

Just as it can be taxing on your monthly budget to try to eat organic, pastured, or grass-fed, sticking to only wild caught fish can also add up. Are all farmed seafood the aquatic equivalent to mass produced grain fed cows, wallowing in their own filth? The answer is a bit more complex.

Wild Caught:
With sardines, Alaskan salmon, herring, mackerel, you may want to stick to wild caught, but you have to stay in the know with environmental (eco conscious fishing practice as well as toxin level) issues.


Shellfish: The life of a farmed shellfish vs a wild one is very similar. They both live in the ocean attached to something, filter through the same water for their food and generally are the least contaminated farmed seafood. Check the labels, though, and avoid imports from China, as the waters are more polluted.

American Catfish: While farmed catfish is lower in n-3 content, this fish even wild has never been sought out for that reason. It’s still a better ratio than dark chicken meat, and the US standards for catfish farms are rather strict.

Tank-Farmed Freshwater Coho Salmon: Selected as best choice by the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its high n-3 content and lack of impact on the environment, this salmon is raised in a controlled environment, unlike the farmed Atlantic salmon that have high n-6 levels and industrial contaminants.

Click here to read the full article and about some other farmed seafood options such as:

US Rainbow Trout
US Barramundi
American Crayfish

WOD 05.17.11

Run 100
9 Push Presses (PP)
9 Toes To Rings (T2R)
Run 200
15 PP
15 T2R
Run 400
21 PP
21 T2R
Run 800

7 Comments to "Farmed or Wild?"

  • Michelle says:

    May 17, 2011 at 7:10 AM -

    Look at Anna’s guns in this picture!

  • Jason says:

    May 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM -

    Brian is flipping the tire with just his fingertips – wow!

  • Holley says:

    May 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM -

    It looks like Anna’s doing all of the work here…unless Brian is so strong that he only needs to use his finger tips to flip the tire over.

  • Brian says:

    May 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM -

    I wasted all my energy on the prowler so i may have been letting “Little Guns” handle it. :) Either that or im sh*tting myself by the look on my face

  • the Pooj says:

    May 17, 2011 at 1:29 PM -

    todays wod looks yucky!

  • Date Nite says:

    May 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM -

    To me it looks like Brian is thinking about the first beer he is going to have after Anna finishes the tire flips.

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    May 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM -

    Brian flips tires with his mind.

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