Canadians First to Get a Taste of Genetically Modified Salmon

A US company has sold nearly five tons of genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon fillets in Canada, marking the world’s first sale of GM fish for human consumption.

A US company has sold nearly five tons of genetically-engineered Atlantic salmon fillets in Canada, marking the world’s first sale of GM fish for human consumption. Skeptics of the futuristic food are crying foul, citing ecological and health concerns, but government scientists say folks eating the modified fish have nothing to worry about.

Late last week, AquaBounty Technologies announced that it had sold its GM salmon filets to unnamed customers in Canada after receiving approval from food and health authorities. The engineered fish grow much faster than typical fish, are more resilient to cold temperatures, and require fewer resources to bring to maturity.

“This quarter marked two milestone events for AquaBounty—the purchase of our first commercial farm site for the production of our eco-friendly AquAdvantage Salmon in the United States and the very first sales of AquAdvantage Salmon,” noted the company in a statement. “The sale and discussions with potential buyers clearly demonstrate that customers want our fish, and we look forward to increasing our production capacity to meet demand.”

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This is horrible! Leave nature alone! Salmon is this earth's perfect food - and doesn't need help from a biotech corporation. Just quit allowing Native American's to commit genocide against the salmon, by netting in front of the rivers, when they return to spawn and there will no need to grow fake Salmon. This is insane. If these fish start to breed with natural fish, it will be the final destruction of the world's greatest food source. Arrogant and stupid.

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