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AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States.
The Obama administration had stalled in approving the fast-growing salmon for more than five years amid consumer concerns about eating genetically modified foods. But the agency said Thursday the fish is safe to eat.
“There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon,” the agency said in announcing the approva
Currently, Unilever incorporates AFPs into some of its American products, including some popsicles and a new line of Breyers Light Double Churned ice cream bars. In ice cream, AFPs allow the production of very creamy, dense, reduced fat ice cream with fewer additives.
The FDA has deemed that the GMO Salmon would not require labeling so consumers can choose not to purchase these engineered fish.
I agree, the folks should be able to make the decision.
originally posted by: woodsmom
All GMO arguments aside, what happens if this genetically altered fish makes its way into the wild population somehow?
I personally don't believe that we should be messing with our food supply so badly and at minimum all food should be labeled clearly for anything from allergens to GMO's. But this is truly disturbing in so many other ways.
Right now Pebble mine has been on the sidelines for years because of the possible damage to salmon habitat. Then government then turns around and ok's genetically interfering with the animal. It seems asinine to me.
So let’s talk about the benefits. According to AquaBounty, the advantages are that the fish reaches market weight in about half the time taken by conventional salmon and requires 25 percent less feed to get there. If that’s true (and there’s no reason to suppose it isn’t), what we have here, finally, is a GMO that can benefit people and planet — unlike the other genetically engineered foods approved for use in the United States, which chiefly benefit farmers. Growing healthful fish in less time, with less feed, is a win for humans (in the form of more affordable salmon) and environment (in the form of reduced feed requirements and less pressure on forage fish stocks).
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ended 20 years of tortuous negotiations by approving the GM Atlantic salmon, which grows twice as fast as ordinary salmon and can be grown in fish tanks in warehouses on land.
The GM Atlantic salmon is engineered with extra hormone genes from the Pacific Chinook salmon and a “promotor” gene from an eel-like species called the ocean pout. These extra genes boost the salmon’s growth all year round, instead of seasonally, halving the time it takes to reach maturity.