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Reacting to News on Dangers of Farmed Fish

Today, in the Globe and Mail Newspaper, there was an article warning about the health concerns of eating farmed fish, more specifically tilapia. The title of the article is: “Farmed tilapia may be no better for you than a doughnut.”

Basically, they found that farmed tilapa contained higher level of omega-6 fatty acids (too much is bad for you), and lower level of omega-3 (which we need more of), than wild fish. Apparently, what is done to the fish in the farm (i.e. feeding the vegetable oil, etc…) is not producing healthy fish and, in turn, is not healthy for people who consume this kind of fish.

You can click here to read the entire original article.

As an Asian Canadian, who has been bred and raised about the benefits of fish, this news knocked me back a bit. 3-4 servings per week of steamed fish has been part of my diet since forever. Automatically, my initial response is what kind of fish am I buying at the supermarket? Even if I get the fish fresh, swimming in a tank, could that be from a farm?

Unfortunately, while the article is informative, it did not give details that most consumers would want: how do we know what we buy is farmed or wild? Will it be obviously on the labels? Are there regulations requiring accurate labeling? I think there should be an attempt by the newspaper (writers) to provide answers to these kind of questions.

I did a quick search on blogs, and web, and didn’t find direct answers immediately. Perhaps I should just go directly to stores and ask, and check the labels?

I did find another blog that provides useful information if living in Japan.

If you know of where to find more information on this topic, please give some suggestions.


Patrick Law



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From ‘Dressing Scantily’ to ‘Washroom Timings’ to the ‘Second-Hand Smoker Guilt’

To prevent procrastination, two minutes maximum to write on each topic. Let’s go, go, go!

Spring Cleaning Fashion

With the start of spring being delayed because of prolonged snow and rain, when the sunshine finally arrives for brief stretches, are people more desperate to immerse into the season? I ask because, in Calgary, 2008, with warm weather days being few and far between, when we do get the sun, are there more people wearing less clothing than years before? Are we desperate to take advantage even if it’s not even that warm? Are we pretending, fantasizing? Or do we just wear less clothing because our genes have improved due to evolution? Regardless, it just appears that people are more eager to shed off layers this year than in the past.

Washroom Bargains: Three trips for the price of one!

You know you’ve been in the washroom a long time, perhaps losing track of time, when you get up, wipe, wash your hands and just as you are about to leave, turn back around because you notice that you have to go again. Pee, poo, and then pee again, all within one trip.

I’m a Healthy Weakling

I went to an establishment that had second-hand smoke last night. Today, I’ve been sneezing all day. The smoke must have kick started some kind of allergic reaction. This proves that my body and health systems are weak, unable to fend off a night of smoke. It also gives credence to people who argue that we shouldn’t hide ourselves from exposure to all potential harm and dangers. I have avoided smoke religiously for years and now my immune system gets shocked and is not ready for even a minor trespassing of the fumes. Okay, I’m just giving myself my own medical excuse and rationalization for revisiting the Grey Eagle Casino again, and often, to sample more of their excellent buffet while getting my body used to fighting second-hand smoke again. How do I explain to my mother and convince her that is true that I went to a smoking establishment not to smoke, and to a casino specifically not to gamble? I feel like I’m such a sinner, even though I cannot really pinpoint what I did wrong?

-Patrick Law


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