(Note: This article has been edited since the original was posted. I took out one link and added three others. After further research I realized I had been slightly inaccurate about farmed salmon fish feed and I wanted to make it right. My apologies!)
Here is a piece straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. It comes from a pro-biotech website and reports on the trouble that AquAdvantage Salmon is having getting to market. The regulatory agencies are bogging down the project and the company, AquaBounty Technologies, is starting to run out of money while they wait. Read the full article here.
What does this have to do with GMO? The salmon in question has been genetically engineered, that is to say the DNA has been permanently altered, to make salmon grow to full size much, much faster.
Many people herald this technology as life saving and the answer to food shortages in the world. They say that the technology produces a good quality fish protein – that environmental and health risks are minimum. I am providing two links to offer a different point of view. The first is from AlterNet and it talks about the havoc salmon farming is creating in our oceans and the second is a link to Natural News which cites a well publicized study showing that “Farm-raised salmon have been found to have much higher levels of PCBs, dioxin, and other toxic cancer-causing chemicals than wild salmon…” Read full article here.
Even if I didn’t expect it was bad for the environment or my health, I still wouldn’t understand the enthusiasm around this product. Eating FrankenSalmon that has been genetically modified to speed its growth is freakish to me. Couple that with the fact that the feed is likely to contain genetically modified plant proteins (see The Fish Site article) and vegetable oils. Double Whammy GMO. Yuck.
The other reason I wanted to post about this was that I got to thinking about Monsanto and some of the other biotech giants and how they slither around the regulations and lobby like crazy in Washington and basically write their own rules. I’m sure if AquaBounty Technologies had more money and influence, they’d be doing the same. I’m glad they don’t!