World’s first GMO Animal for Human Consumption - Atlantic salmon by AquAdvantage

It's Alive.........For many consumers, even those comfortable purchasing and consuming GM products, there is something “different” about creating transgenic animals for human consumption. Coming soon to a grocery store near you is a genetically engineered, fast-growing Atlantic salmon. It’s got a little of this, a little of that: a little eel DNA here and a little King Chinook salmon DNA and a growth promoter gene from an ocean pout there. AquAdvantage salmon - the world’s first genetically modified animal for human consumption which grows to “market size” in approximately fifteen months, while a typical salmon would take three years.

Proponents of GM animal food products might argue that the existence of a faster growing salmon, a food-source rich in proteins, vitamins and important fats, might reduce costs and make that product more available to impoverished communities who would certainly benefit from its availability. Opponents of GM animal food products, like opponents of all GM products, argue that the benefits and risks of these organisms in our ecosystem and diet are not fully known and the risks may outweigh the benefits.

Salmon is a particularly sensitive population which might be threatened by competition were GM salmon escapes farms for the wild. AquaBounty and the FDA claim that because the fish is sterile female it will have no measurable impact on the ecosystem and, like all other GM foods, those who develop them claim they are safe for consumption. But they say nothing of the fact that many species of fish frequently and spontaneously change gender. Sequential hermaphroditism (called dichogamy in botany) is the theory that supports the idea that Life finds a way.

AquaBounty’s GE salmon received FDA approval for environmental safety in Dec. 2012 (it had already passed FDA muster for safe human consumption in Sept. 2010). Currently, the FDA is in the midst of a 60 day public comment period (which ends on 25th Feb 2013) before they issue their final verdict on

AquaBounty’s. FDA is expected to finalize the approval for AquAdvantage salmon to be in market by 2014.
What happens with GE salmon, love it or hate it, is going to impact other GE food animal projects currently in the pipeline. That includes “things like chickens that are not able to pass along avian flu, cattle that are resistant to bovine spongiform encephally (mad cow’s disease),” or animals that have been engineered to serve “as a research subject modeling human diseases so we can find cures for cystic fibrosis, cancers and high cholesterol. What the future holds for GE animals, depends a lot on what happens in the near future for AquaBounty’s GE Atlantic salmon.

Note: GMOs are untested of their “long-term” impact on the environment and on human health. Most scientists are funded by corporations and therefore produce the results needed for the company to profit. GMO companies that create such GMO’s perpetuate exploit- farming (more yield) so that a license fees is paid to them by the debt-ridden-farmers who sees loss in growing natural or organic Os’. It’s like software patents, but for actual living things.