Farmed Tilapia

...is to be avoided. Essentially, there are two three problems. First, although farming may seem as if it's more sustainable, it's actually terrible for the environment. Second, as Schrambling correctly notes, it's very bland. And last, tilapia generally lacks the nutritional benefits of other seafood. Even farmed salmon is much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids:



[New York Times, May 2 2011]

There are better alternatives available -- trout, for example, is much healthier and tastier and generally not a lot more expensive than tilapia.

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  1. Wow that is interesting. Good to know!

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  2. Essentially, I have two three comments. First, to claim fish farming "is actually terrible for the environment" without so much as a link (let alone an actual fact or bit of datum to back up the assertion) is thin sauce indeed. Second, Schrambling's gustatory opinions are to be taken with a grain of salt, as it were. And last, omega-3 has been linked to higher prostate risk. Other than that, excellent post!

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  3. Also, herring. I have been told there is a Dutch saying to the effect that "A herring a day keeps the doctor away, two herrings a day keep everyone away."

    Actually to the sustainable point, I suggest that it is a matter of practice. Slash and burn farming is unsustainable. Perhaps some regulation might be in order.

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