The technology to build a ‘better’ salmon has been around since 1989. Essentially, AquaBounty took an Atlantic salmon and added a growth gene from the Chinook salmon and a promoter gene from the ocean pout (an eel like species) to create AquAdvantage salmon.
FDA’s preliminary finding that an approval of AquaBounty’s application “would not have a significant impact (FONSI) on the U.S. environment,” many believe an approval is pending. But even if approved, it may take some time before GMO (genetically modified organism) salmon is available in stores, due to the growth of the fish and other commercial issues.
FDA has remained mum on the subject, environmental groups have been ramping up lobbying efforts to keep stores from stocking it if it is approved. More than 60 retailers have stated they won’t carry the product, totaling more than 9,000 stores nationwide.
Already on the anti-GMO salmon bandwagon are Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Kroger and Target, among others. Other chains stores remain silent. Wal-mart, for example, said it had “nothing to add at this time” when contacted for comment.
UK scientists call for new GM/GMO trials
report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions.
GM crops should be assessed individually – like pharmaceuticals – taking potential benefits into account.
The UK is a world leader in plant biotechnology research, but GM field trial applications have fallen from 37 in 1995 to just one in 2012. The controversy over genetically modifying plants is riddled with contradictions.
Europe grows very few GM plants but most of its imported animal feed is genetically modified.
While Britain’s leading plant scientists appeal to the prime minister to help foster this new technology, its leading supermarket chains avoid stocking GM products because no-one is asking for them.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has spoken in favour of increasing UK research into GM, which he said offers the “most wonderful opportunities to improve human health.”
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