How Do I Eat Regeneratively Raised Farmed Fish?

Episode 627 1h 14m


I would eat a lot more fish if I knew it was free from toxins like heavy metals, PCBs, and other dangerous compounds. It’s an incredibly healthy protein source when we can eliminate these factors, but sourcing clean fish can be tough.

Today, I’m taking a deep dive into the issues surrounding fish, what kinds we should be eating, and everything in between with James Arthur Smith.

I’ve talked a lot on the podcast about regenerative agriculture, but today we’re going to dive into regenerative aquaculture. James explains what these practices look like and why sustaining vital oceans doesn’t mean we have to stop fishing, but that we need to stop using extractive processes.

We discuss the different ways that fish often become laden with toxins, what varieties are more or less likely to be affected, and how regenerative aquaculture can produce seafood that is healthier for our bodies and for our oceans.

I appreciate James Arthur’s solution-oriented approach to seafood, which is a welcome angle from the fear-mongering we often hear in terms of health and climate problems. We talk about how choosing sustainable and clean seafood is one of many ways to vote with your dollar to impact our food system for the better.


This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers, InsideTracker, and Rupa Health. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • Why wild fish is not necessarily better than farmed fish


  • Assessing the pros and cons of aquaculture


  • The types of fish I recommend to my patients


  • Destructive industrial fishing practices


  • The dangers of feedlot (or factory) fish


  • Creating regenerative aquaculture


  • Microplastics and fish consumption


  • Why I rarely eat tuna


  • Aquaculture policy efforts and challenges


  • Creating a healthy supply chain for aquaculture feed


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Ep. 627 - How Do I Eat Regeneratively Raised Farmed Fish?