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Lori says ...
Thank you for this clarification. I had read about wild-caught versus farmed fish and would not buy farmed fish. Buying wild-caught is expensive and doesn't allow me to buy fish as often as I would like. I do trust Whole Foods and it is close to my home, so this makes all the difference in the way that I will shop more often at Whole Foods for fish! I will definitely be looking for that seal of approval. Thank you!!
03/13/2014 10:39:47 AM CDT
samc says ...
nothing mentioned about the nutrients provided by farmed vs. wild salmon. why is that?
03/13/2014 10:44:18 AM CDT
Linda Poindexter says ...
This is a very helpful article and gives me a good alternative especially when our Alaskan favorites are unavailable. Thanks as always for giving us healthy and delicious AND affordable good foods!
03/13/2014 10:56:58 AM CDT
Terry Butcher says ...
My main concern about farmed salmon is that their diet, and therefore the nutrition they provide us, is not the same as that of wild fish. The artificial coloring masks the fact that these fish are not eating shrimp and krill.
03/13/2014 11:00:12 AM CDT
Gail Clough says ...
This was really informative. I was wondering how it was raised as we buy your salmon often as it is so delicious. Thank you!
03/13/2014 11:14:32 AM CDT
Barbara Usher says ...
Non-sense. Farm fish are nasty. Farm Salmon is nasty. I'm surprise Whole Foods repeats what so called third party investigations say. Go look for yourself. I have. Look at the documentaries on the subject. It will absolutely make you sick to watch. They are now trying to feed Salmon the same garbage fed to cows, chickens, pigs. I don't eat meat and I stopped eating Salmon and all fish. Now I wonder if Whole Foods aren't selling foods that are GE or GMO such as potatoes, corn, tomatoes, soy, wheat, etc.
03/13/2014 11:32:24 AM CDT
Henie Jamerson says ...
Hopefully someday these practices will be the norm. Until then, you are leading the way. Keep up the excellent work Whole Foods. We totally appreciate it!
03/13/2014 12:48:13 PM CDT
judylaviolette says ...
This is good information. Please have your fish mongers read and understand this so they can relay accurate information to your customers. The last time I asked about your farmed salmon at the counter (and did not buy it) everyone seemed confused about WF policy and requirements for farmed fish. Now when I see the Blue Label, I will buy farmed fish with confidence.
03/13/2014 1:02:17 PM CDT
Mike Greenfield says ...
What is in the feed? This determines how nutritious the salmon are. Are they fed corn or fish pellets? Thank you. Mike
03/13/2014 1:32:36 PM CDT
cw says ...
Is any of the farm raised seafood fed soy?
03/13/2014 1:43:26 PM CDT
Catherine says ...
Very informative article. Is any of the farm raised seafood fed soy?
03/13/2014 1:45:45 PM CDT
Sam Monsour says ...
I would like to know the name, or names of the Aquaculture farms the salmon comes from?
03/13/2014 2:12:20 PM CDT
Catherine O'Brien says ...
Thank you for this! The bad farmers give farmed salmon a bad wrap. It has been challenging to educate people about the sustainability benefits, as well as quality control of properly farmed salmon. Thank you for helping shed the light!
03/13/2014 3:28:42 PM CDT
Lidia says ...
This is good info! I was under the impression that all farmed fish was toxic. Ill give it a try but only at Whole Foods and with your seal. Thanks!!
03/13/2014 4:14:44 PM CDT
Barb Hobe says ...
Thank you so very much for this article, Elizabeth. You have answered my questions. I will not hestiate to purchase salmon or any other fish/sea food from Whole Foods, unlike one much larger chain that can never answer my questions. Once again WF is my go-to store for so many products.
03/13/2014 4:18:54 PM CDT
Peter Burton says ...
The big question is how nutritious are farm-raised salmon. Does their diet resemble the diverse, nutrient-rich one that wild salmon enjoy or, like most farmed animals, is it some sort of grain-based, narrow-spectrum, generic diet? Organic, grain-fed salmon, chickens and beef may sound healthy, but these creatures are not meant to eat grain. More importantly, the composition of their meat is different, and much less healthy, than that of their counterparts that consume a natural diet. Beef raised on diverse plant grazing and foraging is relatively high in healthy Omega 3s and low in unhealthy Omega 6s. Flip those ratios for beef raised on grain. So, what's the deal for farm raised salmon?
03/13/2014 4:44:05 PM CDT
K. says ...
Is your farmed salmon fed natural astaxanthin or artificial astaxanthin (to make it pink?)
03/13/2014 4:55:44 PM CDT
EDIE MA says ...
Chickens, pigs, cows, turkeys and any other edible animal are now raised in concentration camp type conditions because it is highly profitable for Big Business and because they can get away with it as they own the politicians who write they laws and control the Government. Fish farming is no different. I like the creatively written comments on "safe" farming, but without detailed facts to support the article it remains somewhat of a fantasy article to me.
03/13/2014 5:28:51 PM CDT
Peggy says ...
This is the first positive article I've read on farm raised salmon. Thanks for the info
03/13/2014 6:01:15 PM CDT
Joe says ...
I will never buy farm raised seafood. I know people that have had fish farms. Based on knowing the water quality and the quality of what they are fed keep me only eating wild caught! I hope you don't cut back on my ability to get wild caught seafood from you!
03/13/2014 7:06:27 PM CDT
Don Duncan says ...
Thank you WFM. Now I can save a little on salmon. I had boycotted farmed fish.
03/13/2014 8:05:52 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
I would like to know what qualifies as a "Low Density" pen? How much room do the salmon actually get? Do salmon in low density pens still develop sea lice and/or cataracts and go blind due to stress?
03/13/2014 8:48:23 PM CDT
Samo says ...
From what I've read, this doesn't discuss directly the main reasons for Monterey Bay Aquarium's "Avoid" rating for farmed salmon: === "One of the biggest concerns is the amount of food required to raise farmed salmon. It generally takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. The environmental impact of salmon farming is still increasing as global production continues to rise. "Most salmon are farmed in open pens and cages in coastal waters. Waste from these farms is released directly into the ocean. Parasites and diseases from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms and escaping farmed salmon can harm wild populations. As a result, most salmon farmed in ocean net pens get an "Avoid" rating." === I, for one, will be continuing to avoid farmed salmon until I see green from Monterey Bay Aquarium.
03/13/2014 8:55:21 PM CDT
Mary Johnston says ...
What is the mercury content of these fish?
03/13/2014 9:08:34 PM CDT
Barbara says ...
I would like to know how often you verify these conditons. An annual audit, one day, doesn't seem adequate to make sure that they are in compliance all year. I'd appreciate your response. The inspections for many products seem inadequate Someone else mentioned there concern about what they feed upon. Wild is so much darker and why is that so? You pitched us well to sell your product but our concerns are very real and that is how we like our Salmon- Real and Wild!
03/13/2014 9:52:29 PM CDT

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