I can't be any more clear: Farm-raised salmon is bad for you. It's full of mercury, PCBs, dioxin, and other really bad stuff. But I recently read about "genetically-altered" salmon in the New York Times that makes farm-raised salmon look about as dangerous as a poof chair.
All kidding aside, there's much to worry about here, folks. The FDA is very close to approving the sale of this super-salmon that grows two times faster than normal salmon.
Apparently, regular old non-genetically-altered salmon don't grow fast enough. They only produce growth hormones in warm weather. So during the winter, they stop growing. But entrepreneur Ronald L. Stotish and his AquaBounty have found a way to fix that.
They can now "turn on" a salmon's growth switch, forcing it to grow all year long. As a result, the fish are ready for market in just 18 months instead of three years.
According to the article, if the FDA approves this super-salmon, the genetically- altered fish could hit your grocery store in just three short years. Let's pray the FDA has a sliver of common sense and blocks the sale. Though, I wouldn't hold my breath.
If I were you, I'd stick with the wild-caught salmon. You can now find it in lots of grocery stores. Plus, for a little background reading, you may want to check out the Environmental Working Group's web site. It has an excellent report on farm-raised versus wild-caught salmon, so you can understand the difference it makes. You'll also learn why it's important to avoid all mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and all the other really bad stuff that's in farm-raised salmon. To learn more go to http://www.ewg.org/reports/farmedpcbs.