Praise Norway for Rejecting Farmed Salmon


Target: Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Goal: Thank Norway’s government for issuing warnings about the health hazards of farmed salmon

Environmental experts have been advising against the sustainability and quality of salmon factory farms for years, but little has been done to make salmon safer. The Norwegian Health Department made a recent announcement that warned about the health hazards of eating farmed salmon. More specifically, Norway has advised women who are pregnant or of childbearing age to limit their fatty fish consumption to two meals per week. Thank Norway’s government for acknowledging the toxicity of farmed salmon in their area and protecting its citizens from harm.

Much of the salmon produced around Norway is not from the wild, thereby posing a significant danger to local food security. Farm raised salmon has higher levels of toxic contaminants than wild salmon does. This is especially problematic for pregnant women because almost all of the toxins in the body are passed to the newborn baby during birth.  Another Norwegian study proved that omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to brain and heart health, are reduced by 50% when salmon are farmed instead of caught wild.

The Norwegian government’s warning prompted several major grocery store chains to ban farmed salmon from its shelves. Sign the below petition to thank Norway for serving as an example of how to support sustainable farming methods and promote public health to the rest of the world.

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Dear Prime Minister Stoltenberg,

Thank you for doing your part in rejecting hazardous farmed salmon and informing your citizens about the dangers of toxic chemicals in these unnatural fish. Scientists and environmentalists in your country have repeatedly exposed salmon farms for giving concoctions of antibiotics and pigments to fish to make them taste and look ‘natural’ for consumers. Not only do people ingest these chemicals when they eat factory farmed fish, but they also affect unborn children who had no choice in the matter. The risks of factory farmed salmon are especially dangerous for pregnant women and their children.

I am urging you to continue working with environmental groups to ensure that salmon are caught from the wild around Norway and that factory farms are shut down. Alaska has served as a great model for sustainable salmon catching, and Norway should follow its example. We cannot afford to ingest toxic pesticides, antibiotics, and man-made chemicals that affect our nervous and reproductive systems. Our fish and our children depend upon you for protection.


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