Aquabounty has classified much of the scientific data as a trade secret, limiting public knowledge and access of data. The FDA has not conducted independent tests on the GE (genetically engineered) salmon, other than to test for nutritional value. In fact, none of our national food agencies have the means to evaluate the introduction of Transgenic salmon to our food supply in terms of human health or the environment.
The Transgenic salmon was produced by injecting a growth hormone gene from a Pacific salmon with the DNA of an eelpout into Atlantic salmon eggs. The result is a fish that grows to double the size in half the time. Aquabounty will only be involved in selling the eggs to fish farms. Salmon farms already have a bad rep: overcrowding, fecal contamination, chemical contamination, and diseased populations. In Alaska and Canada, escaped fish from large commercial farms have been found in the wild and are considered invasive species.
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