GMO Food

"Frankenfish" Finally Approved for Eating by FDA—Hooray!

It only took 20 years to obtain bureaucratic permission

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The AquaBounty company applied to the Food and Drug Administration to get approval for its genetically enhanced salmon back in 1995. Its salmon are modified to using a gene from another fish called ocean pouts which enables it to grow much faster using less feed. The company has jumped through all sorts of hoops to make sure that its fish cannot escape and that it is nutritionally identical to regular salmon. Naturally, the opponents of modern biotech foods lied incessantly about its alleged dangers to the environment and people. At long last, the FDA bureaucrats have mustered the courage to follow actual scientific evidence and ruled today:

After an exhaustive and rigorous scientific review, FDA has arrived at the decision that AquAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat as any non-genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon, and also as nutritious.

The FDA scientists rigorously evaluated extensive data submitted by the manufacturer, AquaBounty Technologies, and other peer-reviewed data, to assess whether AquAdvantage salmon met the criteria for approval established by law; namely, safety and effectiveness. The data demonstrated that the inserted genes remained stable over several generations of fish, that food from the GE salmon is safe to eat by humans and animals, that the genetic engineering is safe for the fish, and the salmon meets the sponsor's claim about faster growth.

Yes, absurdly exhaustive.

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The bioluddites are furious. In an emailed press release spokes-alarmist Lisa Archer for the misnamed Friends of the Earth baselessly asserts:

"Despite FDA's flawed and irresponsible approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption, it's clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon." said Lisa Archer, Food and Technology program director at Friends of the Earth. "People don't want to eat it and grocery stores are refusing to sell it."

It is true that many timorous grocery store executives have agreed not to sell the fish, but let's hope that others will offer this new item to their customers.

Note: I do not like the flavor of salmon. Nevertheless, I intend ask my wife (the family chef, I do clean-up) to cook a dish using AquaBounty fish as soon as I can get hold of it. In addition, let's garnish the fish with recently FDA-approved genetically enhanced non-browning Arctic Apples. Maybe using this recipe.

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  1. it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon.

    How do you suppose she came to that conclusion? Probably by asking several other anti-GMO activists, I would guess.

    I will happily buy and eat it provided it tastes good and costs less than regular salmon.

    1. I will happily buy and eat it provided it tastes good and costs less than regular salmon.

      Ditto.

    2. Well, none of her friends want it, much like none of her friends would have voted for Nixon.

      1. And of all the people she’s spoken with, not a one was harmed by playing Russian Roulette.

      2. Which is ironic, come to think of it.

        I mean, Nixon gladly signed the EPA into law, instituted price controls, and got the US out of Vietnam.

        What more do the hippies !@!^$ want?

        1. He also went to China. Although I don’t think the left likes that any more, since Chinese communism isn’t “authentic” or some shit any more.

    3. it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market
      It’s clear from this statement that she doesn’t know what a market is. Are you shocked?

    4. “it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon.”

      In that case, the “market” will quickly sort out the problem.

  2. “Despite FDA’s flawed and irresponsible approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption, it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon.” said Lisa Archer, Food and Technology program director at Friends of the Earth. “People don’t want to eat it and grocery stores are refusing to sell it.”

    I’ll stick with wild caught Alaskan myself, but fuck you, idiot.

  3. The bioluddites are furious. In an emailed press release spokes-alarmist Lisa Archer for the misnamed Friends of the Earth [asserts without base]:

    “Despite FDA’s flawed and irresponsible approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption, it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon.”

    Let’s stop pretending that people who call themselves Friends of the Earth are either friendly or caring about the Earth. They’re nothing more than Marxian outfits hellbent on making OUR lives miserable in an attempt to sell us the total failure that was socialism as “the natural state of things.”

    Genetically-engineered salmon would be a great thing for natural salmon stocks because our appetite for fish could be filled with an alternative that reduces the burden on naturally-born fish. Why would people called “Friends of the Earth” be against such a thing?

    Answer: “Because,” replied the scorpion, “that is what I do.”

    1. The Marxians are coming! The Marxians are coming!

    2. Let’s stop pretending that people who call themselves Friends of the Earth are either friendly or caring about the Earth. They’re nothing more than Marxian outfits hellbent on making OUR lives miserable

      Well, I think you have to distinguish the groups and the people who join them. A lot of the people are friendly and care about the Earth. I think you are right about the organizations, though.

      1. As a very former member of the Humane Society, I agree.

    3. Oh, they’re “Friends of the Earth”, some of ’em.

      Because they want mankind off of it, or living in the cold and dark, at neolithic population levels.

      Deep-ecology whackos.

  4. Salmon? Bleh. Can we get some genetically modified Sea Bass please?

    1. Are they ill-tempered?

    2. Are they ill-tempered?

    3. Are they ill-tempered?

    4. Are they ill-tempered?

      1. Are you trying to pad your CV?

  5. “said Lisa Archer, Food and Technology program director at Friends of the Earth. “People don’t want to eat it and grocery stores are refusing to sell it.””

    Oh, so there’s no need for the government to take any action here, right? I mean, as the anti-GMO activist said, customers won’t eat it and grocers won’t stock it, so what’s the problem? If that’s true, this company will be out of business soon enough.

    But I’m sure she still thinks that the government should give this company a smackdown, because feelings and stuff.

  6. Note: I do not like the flavor of salmon.

    BLOCKED.

    1. Any fish that doesn’t come in a breaded triangle is not worth eating.

      1. Breaded triangle? You must be talking about that new fancy schmancy GMO stuff.

        1. Yeah, I heard they’ve bred a variant that grows breadcrumbs and spontaneously combusts after mating. Instant raedy to eat.

          1. I would subscribe to your freaks of nature fish house, sir.

          2. I won’t support this fish variant unless the fish also make a fun video game sound when they combust.

      2. So, you’re a gay fish?

    2. Note: I do not like the flavor of salmon.

      Good thing they didn’t genetically modify it to taste like bacon, you’d probably have to get a permit just to own it.

    3. BLOCKED

      This x100

      I don’t even like seafood, I tolerate most fish – but I luv salmon.

      1. Thirded.
        Bailey’s opinion = discarded.

        1. Baked, poached, grilled, etc. are all very good options.

          Smoked. Out of this world.

  7. Cool, I hope it takes off. Lower meat prices would be awesome.

  8. Recipe link SFed!

      1. Alrighty, I’m game, just might try this, looks simple enough for even my culinary unskills.

        1. Idiot Proof: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Chef…..6/17340559

  9. If there is no market, then there’s no reason not to approve it.

    Farmed salmon is already largely tasteless in comparison to wild caught. Does this growth hormone lead to something that tastes more like Chinook, or have they found a way to dilute out the last remaining fat in the farmed Atlantic?

    If they found a way to pack them with yummy fat, then sign me up. Somehow, I doubt it. Mother Nature is always looking for a way to screw us.

    1. Baby steps, first you make them easier to farm in captivity, then you go about making them higher quality.

    2. If they found a way to pack them with yummy fat, then sign me up. Somehow, I doubt it. Mother Nature is always looking for a way to screw us.

      I would guess it isn’t mother nature in this case (exactly). I spent some time around some aquaculturists when I was in school and my understanding is that it’s pretty easy to feed fish to get a desired taste and ‘marbling’. I don’t know for sure that it’s the true, but I suspect packing on muscle gets you more fish lbs. per lb. fed and that the market is biased towards lean and bland.

  10. Further proof that capitalism has a short attention span. They could only wait 20 years for this to be approved and only 26 years since they intended to submit for approval.

  11. Super simple Salmon recipe:

    2 lbs Salmon filet.
    I lemon sliced thin
    1 Tbl Sp Capers
    1 Tbl Dill
    Salt and Pepper

    Place salmon onto a parchment lined baking sheet, skin side down. Liberally salt and pepper and cover with dill. Distribute the capers over the fish, and cover with the lemon slices.

    Place it into a cold oven and set the temp to 425. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

    Remove. Enjoy.

  12. Can I get that on a GMO bagel with a schmeer of GMO cream cheese?

  13. it’s clear that there is no place in the U.S. market for genetically engineered salmon…

    Marginally better argument than, “It will attack Tokyo!”

  14. I will never buy or eat this GMO fish.

    For completeness, I’ll note that I don’t buy or eat any kind of fish.

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