Saturday, 12 October 2013

Salmon Labeling: "Responsibly Farmed" nothing short of a Lie

The labeling "Responsibly Farmed" on farmed salmon in Irish Supermarket Chains is a complete contradiction. Why you may ask? In the nutshell, science has proven the negative impacts Salmon Farms have on native species of juvenile sea trout and salmon. It is far from Responsible to place a salmon farm on any coastline in the direct migratory path of native species. Salmon farms have proven to be connected to the mass decline of sea trout and salmon in many river systems around the world. Lets not forget the famous sea trout collapse in Connemara after they placed salmon farms along the West Coast of Ireland back in the 80's.

And here we are in 2013 with major supermarkets chains trying to convince their unknowing customers that everything is ok since a label has been added to fancy packaging on farmed salmon with famous words like "Responsibly Farmed" or  "Organic". All to allay any fears or suspicions to the customer that anything is wrong. 

So the customer adds the salmon product to their basket and heads to checkout. The money from this bought farmed salmon then lines the pockets of the supermarkets and salmon farmers which is a multi billion euro industry.

The losers in this game are you the public, native fish species and local environment. Lets not forget the human health issue's associated with farmed salmon. The fish are artificially fed, dipped in chemicals and pesticides and grown in packed cages that hold up 250,000 salmon.