Genetically Modified Salmon Coming to a Store Near You (Although You May Never Know It)

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Short of earning a Ph.D in bio-tech science, making sense of genetically modified (GM) or engineered (GE) ingredients in America's food chain is almost impossible. Primarily because by law GM foods aren't required to be labeled as such. So you literally need that degree along with a boatload of data and possibly lobbying funds to know if the food you're putting in your body has been genetically modified.

In almost every other developed nation in the world, GM foods have to be labeled. Europe won't even allow most GM seeds to be planted in the soil. Yet just about every food we touch here, specifically corn, is genetically modified.

The issue has gotten a lot of attention lately because of a big fat salmon. The company Aqua Bounty has developed the technology to "grow (salmon) to market size in half the time of conventional salmon," which is based on a specific molecular modification that enables shorter production cycles.

The FDA is reviewing an application from Aqua Bounty to permit sales of these genetically engineered salmon in America. Interestingly enough, Popsci.com reported that Aqua Bounty recently ran into a bit financial trouble and received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture biotechnology risk assessment grant for GM fish. According to the USDA's grant site, "This project would research technologies that would render fish sterile to decrease the risk of gene flow from transgene fish."

That has Salmon Nation a bit worried considering that 400,000 fish escaped from salmon farms in a 10 year period from 1991 to 2001.

If aprpoved, the Aqua Bounty salmon will be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. But the recent uproar isn't actually about putting the fish on the market. It's about freedom of information. People just want to know that the meat they're eating is genetically changed.

A growing movement called Label It! is on the case and all they're asking is that the FDA require that GE salmon be labeled under the premise that consumers deserve to know.

But, of course, most government agencies, industrial food manufacturers and anyone that can throw money at Washington feel that labels are just too confusing for the American public. Their idea is, "Trust us. It's safe. We so got this."

For now, it's in committee. If the FDA approves the sell of the big fish, we can hope there's transparency in food labeling so we know exactly what we're buying.

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Muchorango
Muchorango

Two issues with the article:1,  "Europe won't even allow most GM seeds to be planted in the soil."Multiple genetically engineered crops have been grown in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

2, "That has Salmon Nation a bit worried considering that 400,000 fish escaped from salmon farms in a 10 year period from 1991 to 2001."The genetically engineered salmon are grown in land based tanks in Panama with multiple physical containment measures, not in net pens in the ocean. The likelihood of escape is very low.

I do however agree that the fish should be labelled.

noob
noob

Genetically engineered salmon isn't food. Even though you might not recognize it, your body will. And you will probably have the same issues grain fed cattle and farm raised fish are having with GM feed. And ultimately contribute to an already taxed sick-care system that is looking forward to making you pay for a new drug specifically related to your new symptom and making you an even more pissy piece of turd on this planet. Tuurrrddd!!

Tea
Tea

Unfortunately, it's industrial fishing boats ,that bring in hundreds of thousands of fish at a time that are destroying are oceans and stripping them of sea life. You don't see that happening with hunting, because it's not industrial .Lets close commercial fishing industry down for awhile, and allow the salmon to recuperate. Private fishing should still be allowed, but then again with a limits.

cp
cp

And if you want to bake cookies in Texas, ya gotta label, label, label! 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

who the fuck bakes cookies at home, I just eat the dough.  I like buying a log of tollhouse chocolate chip dough and spooning it out and mixing with peanut butter. mmmm, methinks my arteries are cloggin, maybe thats why I cant get it up, no more good blood flow.  oh Im dying, someone let half cat sing whitney houston to me please, cat dont come out here, I got a tennis shoe in my cheek.

cp
cp

I bake cookies. But I haven't lately since I discovered two little girl scouts live three doors down. 

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

WTF is anything we eat not genetically modified? That's it, I'm moving to the countryside to plant my own damn produce and raise my own damn happy cows and keep my piggies in wide open spaces!

cp
cp

And salmon. Don't forget to plant the salmon.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I have salmon tree!  and a giant genetically engineered free range chicken that ate my dog.........I also have a organic yard.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I once caught a crappy about near that big. Who let Occupy Dallass in this discussion? Y'all need to Warsh your asses and leave molecular biology to the experts. Heard that no talent chick from Top Chef was gonna fry some up next week.

Lizysprout
Lizysprout

Hi Josh, it seems you aren't aware that some molecular biologists are against gm as there are links to cancer. But if you're happy to get cancer, then all good.

cp
cp

Wait, you can buy crappy? 

Salmonfactsman
Salmonfactsman

salmon farming is a cancer to the planet. Like cancer, the more the industry expands the more environmental damage there is. The industry spreads disease and pollution to the wild fish and ocean floor, it overfishes the oceans to produce a carnivore(carnivores production creates a net loss of food), Salmon farming does not exist to feed the planet, it is operated by a few very rich people and gov't to profit from the consuming stupidity of the masses who don't even know that farmed salmon has 10x the levels of cancer causing PCB's and Dioxins. Very recent court case(Mainstream vs Staniford) confirmed the industry lied in its PR campaign and misled people re: health benefits, just like the tobacco industry did years ago.www.salmonfarmingkills.com

Karkris
Karkris

Guess what folks... Farm fish are destroying natural fish stocks!!! It has been proven recently in Canada via the Cohen Commission.. the farm fish industry has lied and lied... they have suppressed evidence over and over.. Do not trust them to tell you the truth about modified ANYTHING!

NewsDog
NewsDog

transgene fish..... Does this mean the LGBT folks are going to fight for fish rights?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Scruffy is right, buy wild salmon

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

The U.S. Congress at work (both parties).  The best politicians money can buy. 

Sassyfra
Sassyfra

If this salmon is safe, label it and let the consumers decide!  I can guarantee if this fish is deregulated and not labeled, I won't touch Salmon again unless it's certified as Non-GMO.  How do they know it's safe when there has been no testing carried out?  Just as they tout GM vegetation is perfectly safe, yet they refuse to test or label, so how can we be assured it's really safe?  LABEL IT! 

jon from TJs
jon from TJs

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Mervis
Mervis

I'm pretty sure I could identify that salmon if I saw it in a store.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

 How?  It is dyed with artificial color to match wild salmon.

Mervis
Mervis

No. It looks to be about 20 feet long and is on a trailer.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Fish hormones...should not have any effect on you at all. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Buy wild salmon like you should anyway and it doesn't matter.

I suppose knowing is better, but considering how inefficient farmed salmon is to raise (the feed to weight gain ratio sucks), genetically modified salmon is probably beneficial in the long run.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Good gravy......."cain't" be good for you; but, with dwindling food supplies, and a growing population, is it the way of the future.  Good artie LDD.

ps-I saw the Rangers truck blow by yesterday, and the back end was sorta draggin'.......I wonder if Nap and Hoggy were having a hot dog eating contest?  What about genetically engineered Pizza-maybe?  What about genetically engineered Shiner?  Ahh, Shiner, Gram Parsons music, steak sizzlin', fresh air.......this is why I hate work.

Lizysprout
Lizysprout

Hi Kergo- just wondering if you think genetically modified is ok because of growing population, are you ok with getting cancer that gm food creates and the growing population? Are you happy with the costs of treating such cancer?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

What? NO. Thank you!  I take it all back, let's starve the world-food bully?

Salmonfactsman
Salmonfactsman

 its not the answer to food supply, its all a careful PR led campaign to sell carnivores, the worst way possible to feed a growing population. Farming salmon requires more food to create it than you can produce, so the more farmed salmon you eat the less food there is. And you think your eating salmon? Hah, they are fed poultry meal, fish meal, chicken feathers, meat by products, GM soy and corn and a host of cancerous chemicals are used in the salmon farming industry. This is the tip of the iceberg, if you want the scary whole story try www.salmonfarmingkills.com

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

so do salmon become tadpoles and squid when they eat them?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

no no no never never.......they become engineered steel robots that fight sh+t with swords-then they turn into delicious salmon, and become crochets, or mushroom caps.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I have a headache from reading that.  Simple point:  Do hungry people exist in the world?  Is the population booming worldwide?  Can our future generations keep up with supply?  Will food be a precious commodity in the future?  That's all I care about.  I wished we had enough salmon, but we don't. 

Lizysprout
Lizysprout

Hi kergo, I wish you good luck with your cancer and the treatment you use if you take this attitude.

Mervis
Mervis

fat free butter? Does such a thing come from a cow?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Besides, the only fish I eat are trout-that I personally catch, or tuna steaks-salmon is too rich for me.  I'll eat Nova Lox once a year.  I grew up 10 miles from the sea, and me moms's used to force us to eat cod, cod liver oil, etc. Seafood kinda sucks.

Good Seafood Dishes:-Lobster Rolls-Fried Clams-Any Trout-Tuna Steak (great on a wrap with peach salsa + Tabasco)-Lox-Parmesan Garlic Shrimp (fat free butter)-Unbreaded catfish filets-Smoked Cod

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

But I don't care!  I have boils on my taint; the wife is chewing my arse out for not helping with the kids; I have a mountain of bills; I'm in great need of a quiet hike in Arklahoma; my boss is a dick; AND my mother in law is coming to stay for 3 weeks (that means six!), so I'll have to drink my Shiner behind the dog house......I DON'T CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guest
Guest

Do you think Aqua bounty is doing this so they can feed the hungry, spaceship? Simple point: it's for the money. And they might save you a dime on salmon while they bank millions, but at what cost? Salmonfactsman is trying to tell you....

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