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Mmm, Frankensalmon! Is it what’s next for dinner?

By Lisa Gosselin, September 24, 2010 - 12:09pm

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Lisa asks: Would you eat genetically engineered salmon?


Yes, If there wasn't any wild caught Alaska salmon available. We've been able to get good wild caught salmon at a reasonable price at the stores in our area. I'm not afraid of eating the GM fish but it's what may happen in the environment that can be troubling.


09/26/2010 - 8:35pm

As a farmer who is struggling to find non-gmo grains and other foods I think that some techie companies need to be reined in. There is too much that we don't know about how these foods will affect the current population of animal, plants and man. I have issues now with the gmo grains and rising fertility problems in my dairy herd, I hear it all the time that it isn't the grains causing it, yet I didn't have this problem 10 years ago when the amount of gmo grains were few and far between. Would I eat the frankensalmon? NO a resounding NO... because to me, no one has done enough research to find out what would happen if they escaped or like you said in the article about the harvesting smaller fish just to feed the larger ones. Maybe these people should be doing more to prevent the current diseases in the factory farmed fish instead of trying to circumvent Mother Nature....


09/27/2010 - 11:46am

I would not knowingly eat genetically engineered anything. Studies have shown that genetically engineered soy is more highly allergenic than regular soy. Genetic engineering introduces features that might not be in the normal human diet and may be dangerous to our health. For instance, pest resistant varieties of grains may also be people resistant because they may contain poisons to fend off the pests.


09/27/2010 - 12:46pm

I would eat genetically engineered food as any other. The reality, of course, is that virtually all of our food has had genetic engineering - its been called selective breeding. Moving genes directly has only made the process easier.

Your two concerns regarding the genetically engineering salmon are less than you might think:
1) the comparison with the concerns over the sugar beets - no, the beets themselves don't go anywhere; the concern is due to cross pollination; it's the pollen that travels on the wind. This has been a problem voiced by seed-growing companies for decades, not just about sugar beets, but about lots of different plants. In my opinion the concern, however, shouldn't be any greater for deliberately modified genes than for modifications caused by stray cosmic rays.

2) Yes, these new fish eat smaller fish. So, also, do the wild or farmed salmon. If these new varieties do in fact use food more efficiently, then there will be less herring or sardines required per pound of salmon produced, thus reducing the decimation of the herring/sardine population. You are right, though, that it more sense to eat things lower on the food chain - less impact on the environment, and healthier because lots of contaminents accumulate and concentrate as you move up the food chain. But that means you don't eat salmon, and I do like salmon now and then.


09/27/2010 - 1:15pm

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Where can we make our voices heard to avoid this abomination of nature?


09/29/2010 - 2:53pm

I don't believe you could write such a ignorant article.
I'm betting you eat MSG.
"AquaBounty added a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon that allows the fish to produce growth hormone all year long. These "frankenfish" could cause allergies in humans and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population. Representatives from consumer, environmental and food safety groups asked the agency to decline the company's application to market the fish, saying it is untested."
So lets turn the clock back when they made bovine growth hormones for cows contaminating our meat, cheese and milk supply. How many cancers are out there from these GMO's now?
"The WHO have expressed concern that if the “antibiotic resistant marker genes” used in GMO foods got transferred to bacteria, it creates super- diseases."

"Genetic instability that can wreak havoc on DNA structure and function of our human cells."

"Scientists believe that dormant viruses that have become embedded within the DNA in GMO food can generate uncontrolled cell growth that could theoretically lead to cancer."
"New research suggests that varieties of Monsanto genetically engineered CORN cause organ toxicity, raising concerns anew about the safety of genetically modified foods."
"Three varieties of corn genetically engineered by the controversial giant Monsanto have been linked to heart, liver and kidney damage."



09/29/2010 - 10:26pm

No, because if it's genetically engineered, then it's farm raised, and I don't eat (at least not intentionally) farm raised salmon. They're not as healthy as wild salmon, and from what I've been reading, are even harmful to wild salmon re: diseases passed on to the wild salmon.

Large corporations (and I hate to sound paranoid, but...) are in business to make money, not to keep us healthy. If you doubt this, just take a look at what's in your average processed package of anything. Basically, poison. And we wonder why cancer, diabetes and the like are on the rise. It's not just the environment, it's what we're putting in our bodies.

I wholeheartedly agree that I'm not jumping on the GE anything. Stick to organic (if you can afford it), locally grown foods. Better for us, better for the planet.


09/30/2010 - 3:25am

The writer has been listening to the FDA hearings....what is the motivation for Gen. Engineered fishys?? The health of the public?? How about $$. I refer to the FDA as the Federal Death Administrators. When a label says a food contains spices we think basil, oregano etc. No, because of lobbyists in the food manf. business, the word 'spices' is used (allowed by the FDA) to cover a host of chemicals. Darling think about it....does this even SOUND like a good idea? And guess why wild salmon is better than farm raised? Because they swim (vigorously) in very deep and very cold waters WHERE THEY DEVELOPE THE FAT THAT CONTAINS THE OMEGA 3'S THAT EVERYBODY IS SO NUTS ABOUT. Raised in Panama? How are they going to duplicate the cold of mother nature? Any cooling method will eliminate any expected profit. Nope; you'll be eating salmon (and pout, don't forget the pout) with no more benefit to your body than a backyard goldfish.
AND the human body does NOT digest and process modified foods (beets or corn or anything else) the same as natural foods....the corn syrup advertisments these days ought to be banned BUT guess who's in their pocket?
Are we still trusting the government???? What do you know about seeds?? Check it out.


09/30/2010 - 5:17pm

And if they DO get loose?? What if they DO get loose? Is the public going to be able to sue SOMEBODY who MIGHT be responsible?? How will that bring back the God-given-man-destroyed salmon??

Can you spell DUST BOWL?? Look it up. Observe the governments wisdom in encouraging masses of people to go plow and plant the plains. Yep. Seemed like a good idea at the time. When the soil was gone, it was gone. When our natural salmon ae gone, they'll be no bringing them back and no one will take responsibility for the present day foolishness.


09/30/2010 - 5:25pm

lisa, i am sorry but you probraly already have eaten genetic fish, salmon is not the only genetic engineered fish avaible, these farm raisred fishes has been on the market for years.where have you been?


09/30/2010 - 6:02pm

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