Atlantic salmon has become vilified in many circles because it is farmed. So many people take a position that Atlantic salmon is somehow a terrible meat product.
That position, in most cases, is one taken out of ignorance because too many people believe the wrong information sources and/or let emotion cloud judgement and allow bias to dominate decisions.
It’s like the anti-vax issue – why would you believe false claims based on pseudo-science? Why would you believe a celebrity over a scientist with a long history of excellent research?
Same thing with farmed Atlantic salmon in BC. Misinformation from those with little factual basis for claims shouldn’t be the basis of one’s food choices.
I work in the area of salmon…..”wild” salmon. I have nothing at all to do with the aquaculture industry. And yet…I eat farmed Atlantic salmon (and farmed coho, and farmed Chinook, and farmed steelhead, and farmed Arctic charr) happily. I will continue to personally support the BC commercial aquaculture industry through my food choices.
Don’t get me wrong, I grew up on rainbow trout, brook trout, and lake trout that we caught on the lake we had a cabin on. But we don’t have that cabin anymore, I don’t live in that city anymore, and those days are long ago. When it’s in season I love a wild coho/Chinook/sockeye on my plate, I could eat candied smoked salmon until I explode and it’s such a phenomenal treat when I have a chance to have some home smoked salmon.
In the same manner that I love wild BC salmon, I loved a good moose/venison roast or steak when I was growing up. But I don’t hunt and no one in my present family does either, so those days of moose and wild venison are gone, and I long for the taste. I also grew up on grouse that my Dad shot. Grouse is fabulous, but to compare grouse to chicken is to do a disservice to both.
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