No GMO Frankenfish for this award-winning author
June 2nd, 2011
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Last September's Food and Drug Administration hearings on the introduction of genetically modified salmon into the consumer food system, and issues around labeling the fish as such gave rise to heated debates in Washington and on this very site.

Consumer protection advocates said food should be labeled as such if it derives from a genetically modified organism. AquaBounty - the creator of the "AquAdvantage® Salmon" at the center of the debate, argued that genetically modified salmon should not be required to display additional labeling as it has the same qualities as the non-GMO Atlantic salmon.

Our friends at the newly launched Gilt Taste asked Paul Greenberg, the James Beard Award-winning author of Four Fish, the Future of the Last Wild Food to weigh in on the matter.

He objects to the very existence of the genetically modified fish, writing, in part:

I have long opposed the AquAdvantage salmon, taking pretty familiar positions that any member of the local/organic/wild food community would recognize: Positions that include the fear that the fish will escape and contaminate wild populations of salmon, and that the fish requires much wasteful transport since it would be cloned in Canada, grown in Panama and then flown back to the U.S. for consumption. But at a recent lecture when I was laying out these old chestnuts, it suddenly occurred to me that the non-fishy public might be missing one monumental fact about the AquAdvantage salmon, with all its attendant risks:

It is completely unnecessary.

Despite AquaBounty's appeals to our concern about over-fished oceans, the environmental and market advantages they claim for their genetically modified salmon are readily debunked. And while the fish is not very useful to us or the oceans, it may be, in fact, very useful to AquaBounty—in a grab to control salmon farming as we know it.

Read Greenberg's four reasons why genetically modified salmon is an empty promise at and catch up on our coverage of the GMO salmon debate.

  • Clarified: What does "genetically modified" salmon mean?
  • Fishy, or a taste of the future? Our readers weigh in.
  • Why Chef Rick Moonen won't serve modified fish to his guests
  • Genetically modified and altered food – can you taste the difference?
  • Some say "Frankenfish," others call it a solution
  • Fish tales – the FDA's GMO salmon hearings
  • Scientists speak up about genetically engineered salmon
  • Chef says GMO salmon is "Frankenfish"
  • Clarified: How is genetically modified food labeled?
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    Filed under: Environment • FDA • Fishing • Food Politics • GMO • Ocean • Salmon • Sustainability

    soundoff (2 Responses)
    1. krhn80

      Looks quite a delicious.

      June 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    2. nina786

      hmmmm ...don't understand bout this...:d

      June 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
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