The salmon in question are engineered by inserting a gene that produces growth hormone in large enough quantity that the fish grows to a mature saleable size in one year instead of three, the normal time frame for farmed salmon. I don't think that I am the only one out in the real world that sees the problem with this. The National Academy of Sciences is against allowing anyone to make these fish.
Problems that are pretty evident:
- Farmed fish regularly escape containment and then breed with native populations.
- NO RESEARCH has been done on the long term effects of what eating GE salmon does.
- Developers state all fish are triploidal (sterile females) but have done no research to determine if this man made genetic variation holds throughout life cycle of fish over one year if a fish "accidently" gets released into natural environment.
- Using only 6 (SIX) fish to test allergenicity of this mutated fish is NOT adequate testing.
- AquaBounty Inc, states in their application for approval to the FDA that the gene spliced into the fish did not alter over successive generations. Hmm, see item 3 above.
One of the scary things about all of this controversy over Genetically Engineered food items is what happens if people like me are proved to be correct. What happens when we find that BT toxins building up in our systems causes cancer, heart disease, birth defects or whatever? What happens if humans start to grow uncontrollably because they eat a lot of GE salmon? If all this becomes provable, does Monsanto, AquaBounty and other gene technology companies have the resources to handle trillions of dollars in lawsuits filed against them. But then again, since the heads of Monsanto, along with Obama himself, only eat organic food and not their own poison, then perhaps they believe they will be the only ones left to repopulate the planet after killing off all the riff raff.