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Feb 21, 2014 12:36 AM

Whole Foods' atlantic farmed salmon > their wild sockeye

call me crazy, but I think their farmed salmon from iceland is fantastic, super fatty/moist, mild, and develops a great crust. I used to get it from home in Florida, and am glad to get it here even though were in the midst of wild salmon country here.

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  1. Ok your crazy. Farmed atlantic against wild sockeye! No contest for me.

    8 Replies
    1. re: daislander

      I am all for pro-wild but please give it a shot..apparently it is very responsibly farmed.

      1. re: 1newyorkguy

        Pass lol. If you want to make this farmed against wild, I will argue the 'responsibly' part.

        I didn't want to go that route as this is your thread about how you like farmed. You asked someone to call you crazy so I did lol. That was my polite response.

        Unless the farms are out of wild migration routes I am in full boycott mode.

        If you love it that is great but I hope you look deeper in fish farming esp in BC. The Cohen report is a good start.

        A lot of people like spring over sockeye. I love the fattiness of a good spring. But the pure flavour of sockeye is amazing. if you like the fattiness try a white spring! extra fatty (wild of course ;-)

        1. re: daislander

          thanks, I will look for a wild spring..I bet it's pricey, though, right?

          1. re: 1newyorkguy

            Its out of season right now but the cost can actually be much less. Should be back may..june for sure... Thats how farmed gets into the market so easily, people want fresh all year round. Thats just not how nature works.

            1. re: daislander

              I'm one of the folks who prefer other salmon to sockeye, just because I find sockeye a bit heavy. White spring (aka Chinook) is really worth seeking out in season as are its other colour iterations, but pink, coho and even the under-appreciated chum are all tasty and typically less expensive than the best-known sockeye.

              Wild over farmed for me too, for both taste and environmental reasons, though I have not specifically tried the WF farmed mentioned by the OP. And of course buying locally produced stuff makes me happy too.

              1. re: grayelf

                OP is enamoured of the fat in Atlantic Salmon-you can see it in layers if you look close.

                That same fat is laced with fungicides & herbicides that nets are treated with as well as the antibiotics & growth hormones that captive fish are fed.

                Speaking of feed the way that fish meal stock is sourced is anything but ethical-literally a new form of colonialism as southern oceans are scraped clean to feed net pens for northern consumers.

                As to the actual net pens where Atlantic slugs are raised anyone who's ever caught a whiff of the reek that permeates the atmosphere around them would never eat what lives in them-brillo pads are more appetising.

                The less said about Whole Foods propaganda the better.

                1. re: Sam Salmon

                  their site says "raised without antibiotics, pesticides or added growth hormones."

                  1. re: 1newyorkguy

                    And you believe them?

                    Do you think WF is your 'friend'?

    2. as a native BCer - i feel I must post here - speaking up for our ocean fish here

      no farms - never buy it, never will.

      go and boat (sail, motor gently, kayak, paddle, etc) by one.

      i think on here we have talked about Skipper Otto the fisher - that might be an option.