Genetically Modified Salmon – On Its Way To a Stream Near You!

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Who dares question the industrial food system over GM salmon? | Dan Kennedy | Comment is free |

The following is an excerpt from Dan Kennedy’s article:

According to a report in the New York Times, FDA scientists found that the altered fish, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, based in the Boston area, were unlikely to escape into the environment and cross-breed with native schools of Atlantic salmon. The agency also found that even though the genetically altered salmon carry elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a suspected carcinogen, those levels are so minute that they pose no health risk.”

FDA Approves Genetically Modified (GM) Salmon

So, they’re not saying it wouldn’t be bad for these fish to get into the wild.  They’re just saying that it would be unlikely for it to happen. What could go wrong?  Well, I guess we could get a repeat of the flooding that started the Asian carp issues we now have.  Aside from the unusual, but not unlikely event of two bodies of water being temporarily joined together in an unintended way, there’s nothing else that could cause this to happen. Unless you believe the wholly preposterous notion that a fish farm employee might decide that it would be pretty sweet if these monsters were available in the river where they like to fish.  Inconceivable!  Eggs could be unintentionally distributed in streams. (And on, and on…) Or maybe I just watched Jurassic Park one too many times.  It’s your call. Continue reading