We have just a few days to keep the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from approving engineered salmon as the first animal manufactured for human consumption.
AquaBounty Technologies created the mutant Atlantic salmon by artificially combining growth hormone genes from a Pacific salmon with DNA from an eelpout. This keeps the fish growing year round, confined in crowded inland tanks -- unlike ocean pens where conventionally farmed salmon are raised.
Here's where it gets really scary: the FDA doesn't do its own testing of genetically engineered animals. It relies on information provided by the company that wants approval -- just like they did in their oversight of the egg industry which produced the largest salmonella outbreak in U.S. history last month.
And because genetically engineered salmon are being considered as a new "animal drug," there's little focus on the potential dangers of people consuming modified salmon. It's not enough that raising salmon in crowded factory fish farms contaminates our food with antibiotics and other chemicals. Now the FDA would be adding additional unknown risks of GE salmon to the mix.
Stop the madness and stop the mutant fish from reaching your plate.