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Don't eat tilapia, amongst other not so pleasant things

Phaedrus Nov 16, 2013 03:15 AM


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      Just Visiting RE: Phaedrus Nov 16, 2013 05:14 AM

      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:


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        EWSflash RE: Just Visiting Nov 17, 2013 08:46 AM

        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.

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        GH1618 RE: Phaedrus Nov 16, 2013 05:55 AM

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

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          Phaedrus RE: GH1618 Nov 16, 2013 08:03 AM

          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. EricMM RE: Phaedrus Nov 16, 2013 09:01 AM

          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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            hotoynoodle RE: EricMM Nov 16, 2013 10:05 AM

            farmed mollusks don't get fed corn and soy.

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              EricMM RE: hotoynoodle Nov 16, 2013 11:17 AM

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

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              EWSflash RE: EricMM Nov 17, 2013 08:47 AM

              Well put.

            3. C. Hamster RE: Phaedrus Nov 17, 2013 10:01 AM

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

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                linguafood RE: C. Hamster Nov 17, 2013 10:53 AM

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

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                  GH1618 RE: C. Hamster Nov 17, 2013 01:07 PM

                  Tilapia comes from South America. Swai is Asian.

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                    C. Hamster RE: GH1618 Nov 17, 2013 02:16 PM

                    Not according to the USDA


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                      GH1618 RE: C. Hamster Nov 17, 2013 06:41 PM

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

                2. drongo RE: Phaedrus Nov 17, 2013 02:53 PM

                  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.

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                    4X4 RE: Phaedrus Nov 18, 2013 04:32 AM

                    So, "Eating Tilapia is Worse Than Eating Bacon"

                    What's wrong with eating bacon?! :)

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