Is Farmed Salmon Really Salmon?
The staple fish is having an identity crisis.
The fish market has become the site of an ontological crisis. Detailed labels inform us where each fillet is from or how it was caught or whether it was farmed or wild-caught. Although we can now tell the farmed salmon from the wild, the degree of differences or similarities between the two defies straightforward labels. When a fish—or any animal—is removed from its wild habitat and domesticated over generations for human consumption, it changes—both the fish and our perception of it. The farmed and wild both say “salmon” on their labels, but are they both equally “salmon?” When does the label no longer apply?
This crisis of identity is ours to sort out; not the fish’s. For us, the salmon is an icon of the wild, braving thousand-mile treks through rivers and oceans, leaping up waterfalls to spawn or be caught in the clutches of a grizzly bear. The name “salmon” is likely derived from the Latin word, “salire,” to leap. But it’s a long way from a leaping wild salmon to schools of fish swimming in circles in dockside pens. Most of the salmon we eat today don’t leap and don’t migrate.
More than 90 percent of all the adult Atlantic salmon now on the planet are thought to be in salmon farms and almost all Atlantic salmon available in the United States at your local market is from a farm. This rise of the farmed salmon, and the decline of native ones, is casting the definition of species into doubt and in the process tweaking our relationship to nature. In a 1998 paper, Mart Gross, a conservation biologist, called for the recognition of a new creature, Salmo domesticus.
“Domesticated salmon are about as different from wild salmon as dogs are from wolves,” says Gross, a professor at the University of Toronto. Like dogs, these salmon now depend on humans for habitat and food, and we manage their evolution—even to the point of genetically modifying them to grow faster.
Salmon species aren’t the first to undergo this identity shift at our hands, but the transformation from a wild to domestic species has seldom happened as quickly. We are watching this one unfold within a single human lifetime. To Gross and other scientists, the rapid transformation epitomizes our Anthropocene epoch, where nature can no longer be separated from humans.
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Live, Interactive, and Relationship-Based, Camming Is Changing Sex on the Internet
I’m in Eevie’s bedroom watching her work. She’s wearing a little black dress and drinking merlot from a shatterproof wineglass one of her viewers sent her after she’d broken a real one on camera. She makes almost $400 in the 45 minutes I’m with her, and she doesn’t do much besides talk to me (offscreen) about camming.
Eevie—like many of the models I spoke to for this article—broadcasts herself through the site MyFreeCams, or MFC. (“EevieLain” is her screen name.) Generally speaking, models get tipped via tokens (which translate to real cash) to masturbate on camera, but they can also create “topics” that aren’t sexual at all. Right now, Eevie’s goal topic is taking off her dress, and most of the tips coming in are for her topic of drinking wine. Neither she nor her viewers seem in a hurry to reach the topic. Most of her viewers right now are her “friends,” who seem happy just to hang out, listen to her talk, and reminisce about their shared stories.
They love to remember the coffee stand.
“People still come into my room asking about the coffee stand,” says Eevie. “Everyone misses it.”
Eevie got her start camming by setting up her laptop inside the bikini barista drive-through espresso stand she was working at, which is apparently a novelty to people around the world. “People just started flooding into my room. Like, ‘Holy shit, there’s a girl in her underwear in public.'”
The rules have changed since then. Earlier this year, an Oregon State University student was caught broadcasting from the school library, and now MFC no longer allows its models to cam in public. But almost three years later, visitors to Eevie’s room still ask for the coffee stand. The history of Eevie’s camming career is collective, a mutual memory that builds and changes with the people she’s connected to, and the stories Eevie told me were my first exposure to how personal and meaningful camming relationships can become.
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