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Poop - the excreta from an average farm are estimated to equal the sewage from a city of 7,500 people. The waste flows straight into the surrounding waters, fouling nearby habitat, causing disastrous plankton blooms, and destroying shellfish beds.

Disease - can spread rapidly in such conditions. Farmed fish receive antibiotics both in their feed and through injections. But even with these medicines, diseases still spread from the farms to wild fish that swim past the pens.

Toxins - the fishmeal and fish oil fed to farmed salmon are heavily contaminated feed materials. As a result, an average farmed salmon steak is nearly ten times higher in PCBs than a wild one.

Dye - wild salmon gets it's color from its natural prey. But farmed salmon gets its color from an added dye. Without that added pigment, it would be a pale gray.

Invaders - farmers prefer Atlantic salmon to native Pacific species. When Atlantics escape their pens, they compete for habitat with wild fish. Now they are found as far north as Alaska, where salmon farming has been banned.

Killings - when seals and sea lions see fish farms, they think "free lunch". As a result, salmon farmers trying to protect their fish shoot hundreds every year.

Less Food - salmon are carnivores. To raise one pound of salmon in captivity requires over three pounds of anchovies, mackerel, sardines, and other feed sources. That is a net loss of 68% of the edible fish protein.

So what is the conclusion?

Do Not eat farmed salmon! Of course it is too disturbing to be true? Check out What is Behind That Farmed Salmon Facts and Footnotes at

This information is provided by a project of ecotrust and is reprinted here without their permission but it is too succinct and pithy to go through the motions of recreating it in a less educated and wordy manner. 

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