Genetically modified salmon

This post was written by DoctorJay on July 3, 2010
Posted Under: diets
  • Genetically modified salmon is about to be released into our supermarkets. It is being examined by the FDA (food and drug administration) although it may be more because it is a drug than food.

Before we get to the potential Frankensalmon we have to examine farmed salmon:

advantages:

  • cheaper because it grows much faster

disadvantages are similar to all those of factory farming of other animals:

  • fed growth hormone to make grow faster
  • may be full of antibiotics – to make grow faster and potentially get rid of illnesses caused by having so many animals in close (cruel) quarters.
  • natural salmon has good essential fatty acids full of omega-3 from consuming plankton but the factory farmed fish do not feed on plankton and even with all the manipulations still have lower amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

The Franhensalmon have their genetic makeup modified to produce higher levels of growth hormones so grow much faster and become larger than natural salmon. Some biologists and environmental scientist are worried about potential dangers of having such genetically altered salmon, and others say, “Nothing to worry.”

Then again many petroleum engineers used to say, “Not to worry,” about deep sea drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

I tend to side with being careful and going slowly. I’m not saying that every genetically modified food should be avoided but do believe that the consumer should know what he/she buys by having decent easily understood labeling.

I used to eat a lot of farmed salmon until I discovered how low the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in them is. Now, I tend to look at the label and mainly eat real salmon even though it is not fresh and frozen and costs more.

I know I would never eat any of that genetically modified salmon knowingly.

By the way I suggest that such labeling should apply to restaurants as well as super markets.

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