Balance needed in farmed salmon debate

The claims of these boycotters have been refuted time and time again. They are not true.

Re: Lunch hour stand for wild salmon (Progress, Jan. 8).

Chilliwack is my home town. I was born there. I grew up there, fishing the Vedder, working on farms, working in feed mills which serve those farms. I bought groceries at this Superstore.

Many of my family members still live in Chilliwack.

Now I work for a salmon farming company on Vancouver Island and I am disappointed to see that The Progress, which serves a community with such strong farming roots, again makes no effort to get the farmers’ side of the story, instead publishing the baseless claims of professional protesters in press-release journalism.

The claims of these boycotters have been refuted time and time again. They are not true. Salmon farms do not kill lobsters. They have no connection to fluctuating wild salmon returns, as the Cohen Report showed. And they do not have “viruses in the food” any more than any other meat product in Superstore.

It’s too bad The Progress once again made no effort to provide balance.


Grant Warkentin,

Communications Officer

Mainstream Canada

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