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FDA Approves First Genitically Modified Animal, Salmon

11-21-2015, 07:34 AM #1
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FDA approves GM salmon despite health and environmental concerns

"Federal regulators approved on Thursday a genetically engineered salmon as fit for human consumption, making it the first genetically altered animal to be cleared for American markets.

The AquAdvantage salmon, dubbed Frankenfish by critics, was created by AquaBounty Technologies. The fish contains a growth hormone from a Pacific species, the Chincook salmon, and genetic material from another species, which allows it to grow faster than wild or farm-raised Atlantic salmon. The company has been trying to get approval for the salmon for nearly two decades now.

Authorities state the AquAdvantage salmon will not have to be labeled as genetically engineered. Many supermarkets, however, have already stated they will not sell the AquAdvantage salmon in their stores.

The dangers of genetically engineered salmon

Make no mistake: AquAdvantage salmon are neither safe for human health nor the environment. AquaBounty Technologies isn’t worried about the reverberations genetically engineered salmon can have on the environment. All they are concerned about is making a bang for their buck.

Over the years, it’s been discovered that farmed Atlantic salmon wreak havoc on the environment. The salmon are raised in cramped open net pens in the ocean, which put large amounts of stress on the neighboring environment and the fish themselves.

Under these conditions, antibiotics have to be pumped into the fish in order to stabilize bacterial infections and other maladies. This stirs a cocktail of feces, consumed fish food and dead fish, otherwise known as effluent, which spills into the ocean and creates massive dead zones.

In addition, it is inevitable for the AquAdvantage salmon to escape into the environment. Approximately 400,000 farmed salmon escaped in British Columbia between 1991 and 2001.

When the genetically engineered salmon does escape, it will have a yearlong appetite dictated neither by season nor natural cycles. The Frankenfish would outcompete the already endangered wild salmon population for food and could exhaust nutrients essential to livestock, as well."


This opens the flood gates to all kinds of awful things.


"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" -Immanuel Kant
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