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  1. Yuk!!

    1. It may or may not be true, but Dr. Axe is not a medical doctor. He is a chiropractor.

      We can't keep overfishing the oceans, and millions of people need a source of cheap protein. There are no perfect answers here. Suggest people read the original sources to get a better picture of the complexity of the situation:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/sci...

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      1. re: Just Visiting

        He ought to be including references that validate his inflammatory claims. We all know that farmed fish is generally inferior to wild and can be downfright gross. But that kind of panic-mongering makes me think he's heavily invested in the competition somehow.

      2. Better advice is "Don't read Dr. Axe," in my opinion.

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        1. re: GH1618

          Corporate farms on land has proven that the profit motive can push people to do nasty things just to improve production at the cost of the quality of the product, same with corporate farms in the ocean. The work that needs to be done is to force the corporate farms to maintain the quality of their products, even if it impacts their profit statement.

          I don't see the choice as being between overfishing the oceans and going full corporate farming by any means necessary. The choice has to land on the side of safe and healthy products without adversely impacting the environment, in this case, and in many others, the choice was made to maximize the profits with no thought given to the customer.

        2. I am already familiar with much of this information, fortunately from more authoritative sources. A more rationally worded, and more accurately researched article would be more influential. The Omega 6 fatty acids do not come from being in a pen...they come from being fed grain as a major part of the feed. This is a particular problem with tilapia and catfish. Properly farmed salmon have high quality Omega 3's....of course, the source (wild forage fish) opens another can of worms....but astaxanthins are included in their feed. No mention of farmed mollusks such as mussels, clams, and oysters, which are as good as their wild counterparts (well, maybe a little blander in flavor with mussels) and help to maintain water cleanliness.

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          1. re: EricMM

            farmed mollusks don't get fed corn and soy.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Exactly. They just feed on the same plankton the wild ones do.

            2. re: EricMM

              Well put.

            3. Almost all if the frozen tilapia sold in the US is farmed in Asia, where hygiene can be sketchy.

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              1. re: C. Hamster

                How about Ecuador, which is where Wegmans sources their tilapia?

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Tilapia comes from South America. Swai is Asian.

                  1. re: GH1618

                    Not according to the USDA

                    http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products...

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      Ok. Latin America and Asia. The production in China has gone way up, like for everything else.

                2. Snopes.com has an interesting article that provides some balance on this topic: http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/t...

                  I was born and raised in an inland part of Africa where Tilapia spp. are native and are the most common wild-caught fish. Ironically, we would disdain the native wild Tilapia in favor of invasive and destructive American species such as largemouth bass that we considered more cool.

                  1. So, "Eating Tilapia is Worse Than Eating Bacon"

                    What's wrong with eating bacon?! :)