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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

NEWS: Speaking up for Salmon

Got a guest post for you. You know, for me, farmed Salmon seem like battery Hens. Ultimately a bird in a gilded cage is still a bird in a cage. Or in this case, a salmon in a watery cage is still a salmon in a cage. Just not right!

I never seem to be able to grasp how these farmed fish can be as healthy as real salmon left to do their thing. And that is not even considering the environmental impact of intensive farming of any kind.

Instead of overfishing if perhaps we lived more sustainably we would not need to farm fish in this extremely artificial way. But no! Let's change the world rather than change ourselves. Crazy really.

Personally I am trying as hard as possible to cut back on meat and fish as much as possible. Am trying to go vege but have many years of bad carnivore habits to break. Will get there though...every day in every way I go a little vege! Enjoy.

Tonight's episode of Boston Legal continues to make waves first in Canada and now here at home in the US.

The Canadian government has pulled print ads promoting tourism to British Columbia in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

And now, the industry trade association for farmed salmon, Salmon of the Americas (SOTA), has half-page ads scheduled to appear tomorrow in the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Click here to view the ad. The ad incorrectly claims wild salmon population are rising, yet their very own web site says differently.

Wild Pacific and Atlantic salmon in the lower 48 states and Canada have seen significant declines over the last several decades, starting long before salmon farming operations occurred. All the evidence points to the fact that the declines were caused by a combination of climate change, over-fishing and freshwater-habitat destruction.

An article appearing in today's Intrafish (Subscriber only sadly) reports on this ad blitz. In the article, Alex Trent, Executive Director of SOTA says that what we care about in this show is not so much the direct impact on consumers. The show, after all, is fiction. What we’re really most concerned about is the thousand or so viewers who are food influencers or journalists who might take this message and put it together with other inaccurate information and rebroadcast."

So instead they're repackaging with their own inaccurate information and rebroadcasting it to the press.

This guest post came from Michelle Novi at the National Environmental Trust. For more information about Salmon Farming and the environmental issues it raises AND to sign their petition calling for greener practices in Salmon farming, I might add, please visit is an international campaign established to address the serious environmental and social problems associated with industrial-scale, salmon farming. These problems include the depletion of wild fish populations for fish feed, high levels of nutrient and chemical pollution, disease transfer, and the escape of farmed fish into the wild.

They get our support!



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At 9:02 AM, Anonymous claire said...

I am a sea-kayaker and come across salmon farms round the small islands on the west coast of scotland, they stink , the fish are totally DISTRESSED agitated and jump constantly, they are fed artificial foods which stink and cause the floor of the sea bed to change and the nearby beaches get effluent from them, they are drenched with antibiotics and anti-tic chemicals, vile, I dont know how people can bear to put this crap in their mouths,

At 9:24 AM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hi Claire

Yeuch! Well if I had any doubts before I will be eating wild salmon from now on, if I eat salmon at all!


Thanks for your comment



ps Happy Kayaking!


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