Pesticides in Farmed Fish

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Half of the fish eaten today comes from fish farms. Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of the food industry because people are eating more fish than ever. The supply of fishmeal to feed the fish is not sufficient to keep up with the demand, however, so other sources of fish food have been introduced, including soy, corn, and rapeseed. The problem is, these crops are grown with pesticides, and the pesticides can accumulate in the fish.

Until now, there was not a test that detected pesticides in fish, but researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology in Germany have developed a test that will be used to set the standards for the requirements of pesticide level maximums regulated by the European Commission.

My question is, will these same standards be adopted in the United States? Europe tends to be ahead of us when it comes to regulations like these, so in the meantime, it’s best to eat wild fish when possible. There is no telling how much pesticides are in farmed fish.

This week, take stock of your fish sources. If you eat fish, be sure to find out if it’s wild or farmed, and make the switch if you can.

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