Personally I love lox, which is brined salmon. I could eat lox every day, it’s so delicious. But for me the high cost makes it more an occasional treat. The brand I buy at Safeway supermarkets is farm-raised in Norway. Clean pristine icy fijords are home to these farms. So, no worries, right?
We are told that salmon is one of the planet’s most healthy Wonderfoods, especially that which is imported from Norway. I ordinarily never eat any farmed fish, raised in ponds, my previous concern being the high amount of feces in these ponds. So when I saw photos of the Norwegian salmon farms, which are situated right within the cold clear fijords surrounded by snowcapped mountains, I decided Norwegian farmed fish must be as good as wild-caught, right?
This documentary is required viewing if you consume seafood. Astonishingly it shows Norwegian fish farmers dressed head to toe in protective gear spraying huge amounts of pesticides into the water because the fish are plagued with diseases, lice and other parasites due to extreme overcrowding. An underwater robot reveals an accumulation of 15 meters (almost 50 feet!) of toxic sludge sitting at the bottom. It also reveals that the food pellets the fish are fed are themselves full of toxins. Why would there be toxins in the food being fed to fish?
The fish ponds of Vietnam also shown in the documentary are far less picturesque than those of Scandinavia, the fish having been bloated artificially to 2X normal size, filled with pesticides and antibiotics, and raised in waters lined by villagers who use the waterway as a toilet.
Watch the video above.