A salmon genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal earning a nickname of ‘Frankenfish’ has been approved by federal health regulators making it the first scientifically engineered animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency. The document concludes that the fish ´will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States.´
FTA: If the salmon are eventually approved for sale, consumers may not even know they are eating them. According to federal guidelines, the fish would not be labeled as genetically modified if the agency decides it has the same material makeup as conventional salmon. AquaBounty says that genetically modified salmon have the same flavor, texture, color and odor as the conventional fish, and the FDA so far has not shown any signs of disagreeing.
Some things make one wonder if, how, or when we are or will be human guinea pigs for testing.
They don´t know, we don´t know, nobody knows the eventual effects on humans. If we are unable to tell the difference, and/or the fish are accidentally or deliberately mislabeled or put in with regular salmon and they don´t stick with their own kind, what will happen. I certainly would not want my grandchildren receiving super-growth hormones. As it is we are pretty certain we have kept them away from hormone meat, but once the government is ´´persuaded´´ it´s okay, we will have to get a farm and raise our own.
A reasonable concern over the Franken plants is that Monsanto designed them to withstand unusually large amounts of Roundup - thus making chemical weeding a whole lot easier using (of course) Monsanto´s Roundup. Not sure however, if that means more of that Roundup ends up in crop and thus in the food chain.
This concern does not appear to apply to the salmon however. But I understand that Nick Saban is looking to apply the techniques to humans - or at least to start serving large quantities of the fish at the training table.
This is the same government that has retracted the permit for mountaintop removal mining to remove the dirt and surface rock and move it to the valleys. They decry this as unnatural and destroying the existing eco-system.
I like the real stuff, the way God made it. We rarely have it cuz the real, good stuff is way pricey. Please folks, don´t eat that nasty-looking, pale pink, mushy fleshed garbage fish in most stores. Same with that awful tilapia.
#8 - This is about genetically modified species. Each of the debacles you listed was an invasive, non-native species that naturally occurred somewhere else in the world, and because a crisis because what nature uses to keep them in-check back home isn´t here to prevent them from runaway growth/reproduction.
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Grant Hodges, 12/24/2012 7:32:18 AM (No. 9081535)
People are poorly educated and do not understand that a GM salmon is just a fish. He has no way of transporting his changed gene to your genetic structure. The hormones that make him grow are present in the wild fish just like the gm fish.
Journalists and most people can be expected to understand precisely nothing in the science area, but people sure do voice their opinions.
Virtually nothing you eat, #10, is "the way God made it". Man has been "genetically" modifying the food he eats for millennia. The corn you eat, for example, when it was called maize, looked more like a head of wheat than the juicy, golden, sugar-filled ear you see today.And if you´re worried about cross species matings look up tangelo, pluot, or beefalo. I believe God gave man the intelligence and imagination to produce thousand of interesting variations on nature, including nearly every type of dog, flower, grain... Genetic engineering of one form or another is what keeps us from starving, especially when less than 2% of the population is engaged in food production.
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