March 27, 2013

GMO salmon coming soon?

In case you hadn't heard, the crafty scientists at AquaBounty Technologies have spliced DNA from a fast-growing eel-like fish with the farmed salmon.

Why mess with nature, you ask? To develop a salmon that can grow faster into a size for your dinner table! Some suspicious types refer to it as a "frankenfish" because they fear that it may not be as sterile as the AquaBounty folks claim. Or that, alas, it may escape and reproduce with wild salmon.

It is bad enough that few Americans know that they are already consuming "genetically modified organism" (GMO) corn nearly every day. The food industry lobbyists believe that we do not need to know.

Californians voted down the requirement to label all GMO foods in their state last November. That would have set the ball in motion to label foods across the U.S.

So mega green kudos to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and a few other grocery chains for just announcing that they will NOT be selling AquaBounty salmon in their 2000 stores if the FDA approves GMO salmon, which it seems they may.