Friday, December 11, 2020

Court Orders FDA to Assess Environmental Impact of GM Salmon

I'm not a big fan of fish.

It's just not appetizing to me.

But I do like sushi, it's weird.

But this post isn't about my fish opinions, it's about salmon, the first genetically modified animal to be approved for human consumption in the US, although it's only been sold in limited quantities in Canada so far. These salmon, grown by a company called Aquabounty, are Atlantic salmon that have been injected with DNA from other fish species to make them grow faster. While the fish have been cleared for consumption, the environmental impact they can have is currently being discussed by the FDA after a judge's order. Despite the fact that the fish are supposed to all be sterile, there is a possibility they aren't and could get out into waters to breed with other salmon as production increases. It's nice to know the court is able to have the FDA more into this new process to make sure it keeps people and the environment safe. I probably won't be able to tell the difference, but I'm looking forward to safely eating salmon roll with genetically modified salmon.


  1. This is a very interesting article. I hope that if there are negative environmental impacts found that the production is ceased or maybe they propose a different method. It is a bit concerning that the fish are being made sterile, and yet they are still reproducing? In my opinion this product doesn't sound safe for consumers or the public.

  2. The article is very intriguing . I hope that the FDA finds out everything they need to know about the environmental impact on the fish. In my opinion I believe the fish should not be consumed by the public until all needed test are done.