Weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its misguided decision to approve the nation’s first ever genetically modified animal for human consumption — genetically engineered salmon.
Despite overwhelming opposition from scientists, consumers and fishermen, the genetically modified organism (GMO) commonly referred to as “Frankenfish” could unknowingly be your choice for dinner as early as 2017.
For those unfamiliar with GMO salmon, these products are nothing short of science fiction, recently being described as a scene from the newest “Jurassic Park” film. Genetic material from an ocean pout, an eel-like fish known for its immunity to sub-freezing waters, would be spliced with that of a Chinook (King) salmon and an Atlantic Salmon. The resulting organism would grow to the size of an Alaskan King salmon in roughly half the time.
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