Congressional Support for Modified Salmon May Get Stuck in the Ladder

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Arguments on the subject of genetically modified food aren’t difficult to find in places like Seattle. We take our organic produce very seriously, and the idea of consuming tomatoes the size of basketballs doesn’t appeal to a lot of Seattle foodies. I’ll tip my hand up front and say that, while I’m not evangelical on the subject, I do tend to come down on the Non-GMO side of the fence (especially after watching documentaries like The Future of Food, which is very well done and on Netflix Instant Watch right now! I need to stop plugging Netflix here, but they have so many great films to watch, ack it’s so difficult!).

Well, those opposed to GMO foods are looking at a potential victory in the coming week, as a handful of lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted yesterday to attach a staunchly anti-GMO amendment, which would ban the FDA from deeming genetically modified salmon as safe to eat to an agricultural spending bill that will most likely pass through the House later this week.

The amendment was authored by Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), with support from several other Pacific Northwest representatives. It takes specific aim at AquaBounty Technologies (which, let’s be honest, not a great name), the leading cultivators of genetically-modified salmon that apparently grow twice as fast and twice as big as naturally occurring salmon. Young has long taken issue with AquaBounty, labeling these mutants “frankenfish,” which coincidentally is an actual film that I have seen with my actual eyeballs.

A fairly alarming (and fairly dated) article from the Guardian examines the dangers of genetically modified salmon escaping into the wild, which is another compelling, non-dietary reason to just let things be. Conversely, AquaBounty CEO Ronald L. Stotish released a statement today condemning Young and co. and defending his industry.

One response to this post.

  1. […] time to take a closer look at recent changes in the salmon farming business at large. We’ve looked a bit at the various arguments for and against genetically-modified salmon in the past. This week, […]

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