By Leanne Ely, C.N.C.
Genetically modified salmon has been all over the news lately, they’re calling it “Franken Fish” and other interestingly descriptive names. You probably wonder if you should be concerned. Allow me to help you with that–you should. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) were banned in Europe over a decade ago. That alone should make you wonder.
AquAdvantage Salmon (AAS) is farmed fish that has been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as wild Atlantic salmon, and eat five times as much! We already know the problems associated with genetically modified bovine growth hormones (BGH) that was used in our milk supply, why do we think the problems would be less with a growth modified salmon? And why on earth would they do such a thing? Very simple; faster growing fish means faster to the market–just the follow the money.
It is not a done deal yet, but without consumer activism it likely will be approved. If we look at the nutritional components of GMO salmon, it is very low in the omega 3 fatty acids which is the main reason we eat salmon in the first place. This salmon is also dyed to be pink–it’s not naturally that color, it’s grey unlike the wild salmon’s natural pink. It is also possible that there is an increased risk of allergic reaction which could be frightening and deadly. Leading experts in nutrition and GMO foods are ringing the alarm bells worldwide and we should listen.
The best place to make your voice heard is at the grocery store. Money talks. In the meantime, be sure and let your grocer know that you won’t be buying any GMO salmon or any other GMO products. It only makes sense–fresh and wild fish is the best.