Genetically Altered Salmon Yes or NO ?

 

There is an article published in Bloomberg Business Week Magazine called  “The Genetically Altered Salmon Is No Fish Story“. This article in our opinion is a must read. We are going to highlight some of the key points in the article, but we highly recommend that you pick up a copy of the magazine and read for yourself.

  • Aqua Bounty Technologies for the past 15 years has tried to win U.S. approval to sell a genetically modified salmon that can reach full size up to twice as fast as wild salmon.
  • The FDA has agreed that the meat from the altered fish is safe and has no biologically relevant differences from natural salmon.
  • The animals with mix and match  DNA have the potential to change the U.S and world food chain.
  • Aquabounty’s Atlantic salmon contain a growth gene implanted from another variety of salmon that is activated by DNA from an eel-like creature called the ocean pout?
  • The FDA’s decision, critics say, allows some testing data reviewed by regulators to be kept confidential, as trade secrets.
  • Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, an environmental and food-safety group in Washington, says ” I think they’re afraid of the public reaction.”
  • The modified fish, all female, are sterile, so they can’t reproduce with regular salmon. (Remember Jurassic Park, nature will always find a way)
  • 97 % of the total tonnage of salmon now consumed in the U.S. is imported. Almost 427,000 tons valued at $1.39 billion from countries led by Chile, Canada, and Norway according to  Agriculture Department data.
  • Aqua Bounty Technologies says the fast-growing salmon could help domestic fisheries gain a larger share of the market.

The genetically engineered salmon eggs are produced at an Aqua bounty facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada and the fish are grown to market weight at a farm in Panama. Humh! How exactly is this helping U.S domestic fisheries gain a larger share of the market? If the FDA approves these fish and let everyone in Panama and Canada eat them!

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