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TIP OF THE DAY: Farmed Vs. Wild Salmon

Like salmon?

Millions of Americans are fans of the firm, orange-fleshed fish—so much so that most of the salmon at food stores and restaurants is farmed to meet demand.

While fish farming provides a plentiful supply, it comes with issues: toxins in the fish and damage to the environment, among other concerns.

Take a look at the issues: They may impact your purchase decisions.

After you read about the difference, find a new salmon recipe.

And for fun, take our Wild Salmon Trivia Quiz.


It’s true that salmon return to the exact spot where they were born to spawn the next generation. Tracking studies have proven this homing behavior, which scientists have determined depends on olfactory memory.


It looks so tasty! Does it matter if the salmon is farmed vs. wild? Photo by Kelly Cline | IST.



Fish farming was invented in China, as far back as 2500 B.C.E. Carp were bred in artificial lakes and ponds. This ancient practice was perhaps the earliest example of sustainable farming, designed to increase food supplies while diminishing the environmental impact.

According to, some 80% of the world’s fish farming takes place in Asia.


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