A while back, a little skirmish stirred between a few consumers groups, militating for fresh and organic food and the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA labeled GMO salmon safe to eat on November the 19th.
Just to recap the issue, some time ago, Aquabounty, a first-line supplier of oceanic fish, has announced that they have successfully bred the first genetically modified salmon in captivity. After many shots fired in the dark and overruling the discontent of many customers, Aquabounty managed to prevail. Hence, with FDA’s blessing, the fish producer is now free to ship out its produce to supermarkets all over the country.
Moreover, it would seem that the bounty of GMO fish produced by Aquabounty, is ready to travel beyond the borders of the United States.
Many groups have opposed this project stating that the genetically altered or enhanced salmon could prove to be detrimental to human health and to the environment as well. Aquabounty rose to defend its new invention, stating that the test-tube-grown fish was labeled safe for use by the FDA because it met all the necessary requirements.
FDA labeled GMO salmon safe to eat and stated that the fish itself is incapable of harming the biota. A couple of representatives from Aquabounty said that the new breed of salmon is incapable of reproducing because it was genetically engineered to be sterile. Thus, even the fish manages to escape from the enclosure, which is very unlikely, cannot mingle with other species of fish and reproduce.
Nevertheless, the consumers are swayed so easily. It would seem that, each day, new food militants arise to protest against Aquabounty’s salmon. Moreover, these groups don’t stand alone. Big supermarket chains such as Trader’s Joe and Target have taken to the barricades to help support the grudging consumers.
Although Aquabounty reassured both consumers and traders that the salmon is safe for eating, by saying that the fish itself would prove beneficial to the environment. Apparently, the genetically modified salmon is capable of consuming 25 percent less food than other types of salmon.
Not even this reassurances managed to convince the consumers into buying the new type of fish. Moreover they demand Aquabounty to take additional precautions in order to keep their freak salmons from fleeing from their enclosures.
We can’t say for a fact whether the salmon will reach European markets or not, but it seem that the matter must suffer more debates in order to lift up the consumer’s suspicion.