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Farmed salmon vs wild salmon are two different animals.
In the same way that pasture raised land animals differ from those kept crowded in barns and stockyards, one is great food and the other contains so many poisons that you wouldn't want to feed it to your family or even your pets.
The diet, living conditions and other factors in farmed salmon vs wild salmon are covered in this article
PHOTO:PHOTO: The BEST Wild Salmon has rich orange color, little fat, and firm flesh.
The diet of fish raised in pens is much like the cheapest commercial dog kibble.
Grains - soy and corn, mostly genetically modified, chicken meal, feather meal, synthetic astaxanthin made from petroleum products, artificial coloring. To say nothing of the antibiotics and other medicinal residues in the chicken meal from conventionally raised chickens, and the Round-Up and other herbicides in the GMO soy and corn.
Fish were never designed to eat grains and poultry meal.
In addition, just like animals in CAFO's (concentrated animal feeding operations), farmed fish must be given antibiotics and other medications to prevent rampant spread of all manner of ills - bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. Which means you eat them, too.
Farmed salmon vs wild salmon: Because of a grain based diet, the farmed fish have equal amounts of omega-3 to omega-6, not helpful if you want to improve the omega-3 content of your diet.
Wild salmon eat krill, shrimp and other omega-3 and astaxanthin-rich creatures as their natural diet. The high omega-3 essential fatty acid profile of free-roaming fish, as well as astaxanthin content (seen in the natural very deep red-orange of the flesh) makes it well worthwhile to pay for sustainably wild-caught salmon.
Don't read this if you are about to sit down to a meal. The restaurant, sushi bar and whole food store will not tell you...
That 'Atlantic Salmon' or other conventionally raised salmon swim around ingesting - poop! They can't help it, living head-to-tail with thousands of others in a crowded pen.
Add to this, the problem of parasites and communicable disease. Like conventionally raised land animals, to prevent massive die-offs, antibiotics and other medications must be administered to fish confined to pens.
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