Why to Avoid Farm-Raised Salmon

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  • Why to avoid farm-raised salmon: Farm-raised salmon has been consistently being reported as containing high-levels of antibiotics as well well as toxic chemicals. Food company Costco has recently announced that it will be sourcing its salmon from Norway instead of South America, since the use of antibiotics in Chilean farmed salmon has increased 25 percent since 2013, mainly due to a bacterial outbreak in Chile’s coastal waters. Costco used to source 90 percent of the 600,000 pounds of salmon it purchases every week from Chilean salmon farm, now it will start purchasing 60 percent of its salmon from Norway, whose use of antibiotics in aquaculture is at the lowest level since the late 1970s, according to a recent report from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. Chilean farmers are using ever increasing amount of antibiotics to try and keep their fish stock healthy to battle Piscirickettsiosis (or SRS) bacteria, which causes lesions, hemorrhaging and swollen kidneys and spleens, and ultimately death in infected fish. But concerns about drug-resistant superbugs have led many American consumers to seek out antibiotic-free products. As Costco representative explained: “The whole industry is starting to shift. If I was to ask you your biggest concern on produce, you might say pesticides. When we ask people in protein, generally it’s going to be hormones or antibiotics.” See which fish is safe farm-raised and which is best wild-caught.
  • Quality time with your kids over quantity: According to a new and first ever large-scale longitudinal study of parent time, recently published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the total amount of time parents spend with their kids between the ages of 3 and 11 has virtually no impact on how children turn out, and a minimal effect on adolescents. The study findings includes children’s academic achievement, behavior and emotional well-being. However, the study found one key instance when parent time can be particularly harmful to children and that’s when parents, especially mothers, are stressed, sleep-deprived, guilty and anxious. As the study co-author Kei Nomaguchi, a sociologist at Bowling Green State University, explained: “Mothers’ stress, especially when mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids, that may actually be affecting their kids poorly.” “In an ideal world, this study would alleviate parents’ guilt about the amount of time they spend, and show instead what’s really important for kids.” added Melissa Milkie, a sociologist at the University of Toronto and one of the report’s authors.
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