Wild Vs Farmed Salmon
Purity and natural diet
Alaska's coastline is breathtaking. It's over 34,000 miles long, which is longer than the coastline of the rest of the US combined. Salmon swim free in this rich ecosystem of diverse habitats, feeding on marine organisms and contributing to the cycle of life. Alaska salmon are natural. It is born, grows, swims, eats, and is finally harvested as nature intended it.
Farmed salmon live their entire lifecycle in industrial pens submerged under water. Unable to eat a diet of wild nutrients, they are often fed soy- and corn-based pellets that plump up them up to market size in a few months. In fact, without synthetic additives, farmed salmon flesh is gray, not red. To mimic the color of wild salmon, their feed is supplemented with synthetic astaxanthin, a compound often derived from petrochemicals.
Fish farming shares similarities with other forms of livestock farming, as it entails confining animals in densely populated artificial settings that increase their to infections and diseases, which are rare among wild stocks. In response to this challenge, antibiotics are often introduced into the fish feed, ultimately leading to the presence of these antibiotics in the fish consumed by individuals.
Alaska wild salmon are natural. 100%.
Alaska wild salmon is a nutritional powerhouse. It's one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for heart and brain health. The natural diet and active lifestyle of wild salmon result in higher omega-3 levels compared to their farmed counterparts.
Farmed salmon tends to have a higher fat content compared to wild salmon, and this fat is notably lower in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than that found in wild salmon. Farmed salmon are intentionally fattened, which often results in increased accumulation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a type of persistent organic pollutant. Additionally, the feed given to farmed salmon tends to elevate levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which are less healthy for consumers.
Persistent organic pollutants, exemplified by PCBs present in the fat of farmed fish, can directly impact our well-being. These pollutants have been associated with various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and obesity. Furthermore, as a product raised on processed feed, farmed salmon tends to contain higher concentrations of numerous other persistent pollutants, presenting potential health concerns.
Supporting Local Economies
The entities behind farmed salmon are large, opaque, industrial, and increasingly under commercial control. Industrial fish farms are entities that harm public health, the environment, and local communities and economies that rely on the ocean and its resources.
By choosing Wild Alaska Salmon, you're also contributing to local economies and a family run, small business. The fishing industry is a crucial part of our economy, providing jobs and supporting communities throughout the state of Alaska and beyond. Your choices can help sustain this vital industry and the livelihoods of those who depend on it.