Would You Eat Genetically Engineered Salmon?
AquaBounty Technologies, headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, has created the AquAdvantage Salmon Egg. This will be the first transgenic animal to be approved by the FDA. While the FDA has stated that AquAdvantage salmon is safe, critics disagree, calling it a “dangerous expiriment.” They argue that the potential for these genetically engineered fish to cause serious allergic reactions has not been researched enough.
The Center for Food Safety, and other non-profit consumer protection groups. urge the public to contact thier members of congress to hopefully overturn the FDA’s approval. These genetically engineered eggs are set to produce fish that have the potential to grow to market size in half the time of regular salmon, speeding production to meet the global seafood demand.
The AquAdvantage salmon would be produced as an all female population, housed in a facility on Prince Edward Island in Canada. At an appropriate time, they would be shipped to Panama, until they are grown to market size and harvested.