Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table

GE salmon compared to normal one. AquaBounty

By Andrew Pollack
New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate.

The developer of the salmon has been trying to get approval for a decade. But the company now seems to have submitted most or all of the data the F.D.A. needs to analyze whether the salmon are safe to eat, nutritionally equivalent to other salmon and safe for the environment, according to government and biotechnology industry officials. A public meeting to discuss the salmon may be held as early as this fall.

Some consumer and environmental groups are likely to raise objections to approval. Even within the F.D.A., there has been a debate about whether the salmon should be labeled as genetically engineered (genetically engineered crops are not labeled).

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6 responses to “Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table

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  2. Allison Sears

    One thought: NO WAY! Not on my plate! My plate is way to full as is!
    “If God did’nt make it, and man did – Don’t Eat It!…Don’t feed it to anyone you love – or know!
    If this “genetically modified animal” – whatever it is, gets into the food system – it will mess up the genes of the world!
    There is A BALANCE in life (a mathematical balance that is very delicate) – all living things are connected, and everything has a reason to exist, a purpose to exist – and who has the right to disrupt that?
    One note: I think I read somewhere that a German scientist was experimenting with the HIV virus in monkeys- and it was very “controlled”,and “safe”, but then one of the monkeys escaped – so now we have AIDs literally destroying our world!…so you know that there would be a possibility of one of these GM creatures getting “out into the world”!
    Stay Healthy!

  3. what are you talking about the salmon are great the way they are, we dont need some altered salmon that i could die from. this is stupid us as humans have changed the salmon so much it will never be the same after many years of inactivity may the cyce come back to normal but it is still a long ways off. i say jist ley the people decide if the salmon should be mutated

  4. I never want to eat one of those salmon, I dont even think they could be called salmon any more. Just think there may be more food but what happens to us the people. I know that you are testing the salmon but I am totaly against it. WORST IDEA EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. That deosnt even look like a salmon in the picture, mabe like a big golden trout or some realy big rainbow trout but not a salmon. If it is not a salmon then i have never seen that kind before.

  6. Allison is right, I dont want to eat that eather.

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