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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon for Consumption, Labeling Not Required

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon for Consumption, Labeling Not Required

Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods have all already pledged not to sell the genetically engineered fish

News of the FDA’s decision has already sparked outrage from consumer groups and sustainability experts.

In a historic decision, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetically modified animal for consumption, a salmon engineered by a company called AquaBounty Technologies.

The fish, known as the AquAdvantage salmon, is a modified form of the Atlantic salmon that can grow to market size in half the time as a non-engineered, farmed salmon. The fish will take at least two more years to reach consumers, though some major supermarkets, like Kroger and Safeway, have already pledged not to sell the engineered salmon. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have also promised not to carry AquAdvantage salmon.

In a statement, the FDA said that it had “thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty regarding the AquAdvantage salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat.”

The news has prompted no small amount of concern from consumers, public health experts, and environmental groups, especially given that the salmon will not have to be labeled as being genetically engineered. Companies could, however, choose to label the salmon, the FDA said.

At the moment, AquaBounty’s only approved production facility is in Panama. The facility is capable of producing roughly 100 tons of fish per year — compared to the more than 200,000 tons of Atlantic salmon imported annually into the U.S. — but the company will look to build another hatchery in the United States and expand its hatchery in Canada, which supplies the Panama facility.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


FDA Approves GMO Salmon, and You Won't Even Know You're Buying It

The Food and Drug Administrationਊpproved the sale of GMO salmon for the American market on Thursday, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption.

The salmon will be engineered by a company called AquaBounty Farms that has been attempting to get its product approved for the past 20 years. The AquAdvantage salmon are reported to grow up to four times faster than other farmed salmon and contain genes from a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout. Now that it has been approved, the GMO salmon will likely be available for mass consumption within the next two years.

Many GMO detractors are outraged by the FDA&aposs򠷬ision to make this salmon widely available, especially given the fact that there is currently no legislation requiring distributors to label GMO products.

In approving genetically modified salmon as food, the FDA has taken away part of the consumer’s choice, according to Colin O’Neil, agriculture policy director at Environmental Working Group. 𠇊merican consumers have no way of knowing whether or not what they are eating has been genetically modified," he says. “With this latest decision to approve GMO salmon as food, our leaders in government and the food industry need to finally give consumers the right to know."

Scott Faber, executive director of pro-GMO labeling group Just Label It, agrees. “The decision to approve GMO salmon without a mandatory disclosure is yet another example of how FDA’s outdated policy keeps consumers in the dark," he said with regards to theਊnnouncement.

Several hundred restaurateursਊnd grocers have already pledged not to sell or serve the fish, in response to customer concern. Boycotts on a smaller scale are coming from individuals, propelled by work from organizations like Moms Across America.

“Moms don’t want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster, and to be sterile,” says founder Zen Honeycutt. She has called for parents to boycott purchase of GMO salmon to show the FDA their disapproval of this decision.

Environmental risksਊssociated with GMO salmon were highlighted by researchers at Purdue University, who published a paper citing the possible threats that the salmon could have on other fish populations if and when they escaped into the wild, an eventuality that most researchers considered a certainty given past evidence with other farmed salmon populations.

However, in a statement released this morning by AquaBounty, CEO Ron Stotish said, “Using land-based aquaculture systems, this rich source of protein and other nutrients can be farmed close to major consumer markets in a more sustainable manner.” The company has also highlighted the sterility of the salmon as a factor preventing their breeding with wild salmon.

Aqua Bounty Farms has been experimenting for decades with techniques for growing these GMO fish by injecting growth hormone genes into fertilized fish eggs. The method could also hypothetically be used to produce GMO trout and Arctic char for the market.


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