Any day now, the first genetically modified animal ever to enter our food supply, AquaBounty salmon, could be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
AquaBounty’s frankenfish is an Atlantic salmon, spliced with genes from an eel pout and growth hormone from a Chinook salmon. The result is a salmon that produces growth hormone year-round and grows twice as fast.
Were GMO salmon to escape its farms into the wild, the fish would pose a serious risk to wild salmon populations. The GMO salmon consume five times more food than wild salmon, and are more aggressive. Introducing these traits into the wild population would be serious – and irreversible.2
Separate from any risks, the GMO salmon are less healthy to eat – producing less of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-GMO salmon – and a less efficient food source – requiring 1.5 to 8 kilograms of wild fish to produce one kilogram of farmed salmon.
Worse still, without GMO labeling, these frankenfish would be totally unlabeled in stores, and indistinguishable from other farmed salmon, so consumers will have no way of making an informed choice. Once the approval is given, it will be nearly impossible to stop these fish from ending up in grocery stores.
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For more info:
- Michael McCauley, “Consumers Union Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate,” Consumers Union, December 21, 2012