FDA: ‘Frankenfish’ Perfectly Safe

Picture: AquaBounty (C)

Hope you’re hungry, America: Another GMO mutant has been cleared for human consumption. The AquaAdvantage salmon grows twice as fast as other fish, and is deemed perfectly safe by your friends at the FDA. Who’s up for croquettes?

Via Christian Science Monitor:

Critics call the modified salmon a “frankenfish.” They worry that it could cause human allergies and the eventual decimation of the natural salmon population if it escapes and breeds in the wild. Others believe breeding engineered animals is an ethical issue.

AquaBounty has maintained that the fish is safe and that there are several safeguards against environmental problems. The fish would be bred female and sterile, though a very small percentage might still be able to breed. The company said the potential for escape is low. The FDA backed these assertions in documents released in 2010.

Since its founding in 1991, Aquabounty has burned through more than $67 million developing the fast-growing fish. According to its midyear financial report, the company had less than $1.5 million in cash and stock left. It has no other products in development.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    “The fish would be bred female and sterile”

    Echoes of Jurassic Park much?

  • BuzzCoastin

    check Micky D’s for the new GMO fish filet combo meal with Coke

  • Haystack

    Sounds like an efficient way to produce food while conserving naturally-occurring fish populations.

    Your standard boiler chicken has been selectively bred into morbid obesity, and lives out its life in an overcrowded, disease-ridden shed. What we already do without GMO is quite a bit more disturbing.

    • David Howe

      thank you for saying that. People really don’t understand that “frankenfood” is among the most thoroughly and exhaustively studied products. Also, I’m often shocked that people don’t “get” that farming fish would save wild fish populations and the environment.

  • Warning

    They know it’ll get loose into the environment, that’s what they want. A ploy to own an entire species. This is a corporation we’re talking about, the bottom line is profits, what better way then to monopolize it? All fishing boats will owe royalties for catching in the wild. Just like farmers owe when GMO pollen contaminate organic farms.

    They will do this with trees, all plants and all animals. Corporate greed….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nhilanth Matt Dowsett

    Nasty