For a second, I thought I could let GMO fruits and vegetables slide in my diet once in a while. But THIS, this is TOO MUCH for me to accept.
The F.D.A. has recently approved a consumable genetically engineered salmon that may soon be in your nearest grocery store. After five years of back-and-forth discourse between an array of environmentalists and consumer groups, it seems that the F.D.A. will now be able to move forward in making mass amounts of lab-grown salmon.
AquaBounty Technologies has created “AquAdvantage salmon” which grows to market size faster than a salmon which has been conventionally farmed. I don’t know about you, but there is no damn advantage to eating salmon that was grown unnaturally faster in a lab.
Personally, I am quite disgruntled and this is downright nauseating. All you sushi lovers out there: just breathe with me.
According to The New York Times:
“The AquAdvantage salmon contains a growth hormone gene from the chinook salmon and a genetic switch from the ocean pout, an eel-like creature, that keeps the transplanted gene continuously active, whereas the salmon’s own growth hormone gene is active only parts of the year. The company has said the fish could grow to market weight in as little as half the time of a conventionally farmed salmon.”
GROSS. There are a lot of things I love in this world, sushi being one of them. And when I hear that my freshly made, hand-cut roll may include salmon derived from the lab of a huge money-making corporation, my appreciation of it is gone. It’s basically sacrilege.
Plus, I’d really like to not see salmon with three eyes on my dinner plate. We’ll save that for "The Simpsons," thank you very much.
Now, just because it has been approved, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be available for consumption any time soon. On top of the tons of negative responses to its approval, some supermarkets have already stated they will not be selling the salmon.
However, if it were to be sold in supermarkets, consumers wouldn’t even know it was genetically engineered. The F.D.A. does not require most genetically modified foods to be labeled.
Le sigh. Encouraging the sale of this type of genetically engineered animal could lead to a rise in other animals being produced in the same way. It’s already bad enough.
Environmentalists have also already posed the possibility of the mutant salmon affecting the ecosystem if they were accidentally released into the wild. And that would just be unacceptable.
In case you were wondering, according to The New York Times, the F.D.A. based its approval on three factors: “…that the fish was safe to eat, that the inserted genetic elements did not harm the fish itself, and that the company had adequately proved that the salmon grew faster.”
It still doesn’t resolve the fact that it’s just plain gross.
Sticking with mom and pop businesses, the local farmer’s market, and Sugarfish still. K thx.