Feedlots, feedlots, feedlots: call salmon farms what you want, not our fault if you look like an ignoramus

Inigo Montoya knows what’s what.

Salmon farm protestors seem to think that “feedlots” is like the “n word” for salmon farmers.

Well guess what. We really don’t care. Call it a feedlot if you want, but it’s about as technically accurate as calling a chicken farm a feedlot. And using it in this way (this goes for you too, media) just makes you look ignorant.

Let’s compare.

Beef feedlots: used to finish range beef on grain during the last few months of their lives. Reason? Beef which have eaten nothing but range fodder all their lives (brown grass, trees, anything they can put in their mouths) taste like shoes. Finishing beef on grain — i.e. putting them in LOTS and FEEDing them grain for several months — makes them taste GOOD.

Salmon farms: take fish grown in land-based hatcheries, and grow them in the ocean for most of their lives. Fish are not finished on grain, but continue on a similar diet throughout their lives until they are ready for harvest.

Chicken farms: take chicks hatched in land-based hatcheries, and grow them for most of their lives in barns. Chicks are not finished on grain, but continue on a similar diet throughout their lives until they are ready for slaughter.

So activists, call salmon farms whatever you want, but it just makes it clear how little you know or understand about any kind of modern farming and food production, let alone salmon farming. Everyone else? Read a freaking book or something.

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