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Genetically Modified Salmon

Updated on February 27, 2013
A Regular Salmon vs. A Genetically Modified Salmon.
A Regular Salmon vs. A Genetically Modified Salmon. | Source

Genetically Modified Salmon

As of March of this year the FDA, with the help of scientists, approved a salmon that is 50% larger than the traditional non-modified salmon. This fish grows faster and requires less food, so when 18 months rolls by this beauty can go from infancy to your dinner table. Mmmmm.

What’s the down side?

These fish are genetically modified with a growth hormone that makes them grow year round and are farmed in breeding nets in the ocean. If they escape there are fears these fish will eat more and continue to grow leaving them too large for their predators to eat. These fish are not sterile, and the FDA has stated 5% of them will be able to reproduce with other salmon. The Aqua Bounty, developers of this fish, disagree and claim that all the salmon are sterile.

Will this fish be more aggressive?

Who knows, but we all know about killer bees and the powerful advantage they have over the poor little honey bee. Now we have a salmon that grows faster, eats less, contain fewer omegas 3, and could wreak havoc on the environment, especially if they mate. The potential could be devastating, causing wild fish to become extinct and last year the USDA gave the Aqua Bounty 50,000 dollars of your tax dollars to help them out!

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