I stopped eating meat and poultry about 30 years ago. I did however continue with seafood. What I am struggling to digest is that farmed carnivorous fish in Aust and most countries (including salmon, trout, barra, kingfish) are fed feed pellets that are about 40% composed of poultry and land animal protein. Waste product from those industries. I find it rather creepy and harks of Mad Cow Disease. Fish don’t generally consume chook or lamb on a day to day basis.
That said, this practice means that fewer fish need to be killed to be used in the feed pellets and it puts waste products to use. So that’s a good thing - but again part of my decision to stop eating poultry etc was because of intensive farming conditions. I still buy these meats for my children and husband but only free range. I HIGHLY doubt that any discrimination between battery hens and free range hens is made when selecting product for fish feed. So even by consuming fish, I am as a side-effect, supporting farming practices I loathe.
It’s a circular debate in my head ! And also a very first-world one in that I am fortunate enough to be able to choose what I want to eat while most in the world take what they are given and many still starve. End of day though, I guess if I stop eating these farmed fish it really doesn’t impact anyone else.
The pink colour is also concerning on that issue and follows the pattern of consumers wanting their food to look a certain colour, shape, size etc. Wild Alaskan Salmon are bright pink - red because of their natural diet and krill consumption. Why are people happy to eat white snapper but insist on pink salmon etc which requires an artificial dietary addition?
It’s all getting a bit crazy, scary and very unnatural. Maybe I should just get myself a fishing rod and learn to fish !