Questions On The Salmon Controversy Essay

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Aquadvantage salmon controversy “Up to 80% of the processed foods sold in the U.S. contain GMOs”(Jane Black, 1) If ninety percent of our foods have Gmos why is it that only twenty five percent of americans think they 're safe? Aquabounty created a genetically modified fish that has been dubbed “frankenfish” by opponents of aquadvantage salmon. Aquadvantage salmon have been called “unsafe” and “dangerous”. Though there are downsides to the fish, such as their increased insulin growth factor 1 and the effects of the fish getting out could prove disastrous for the environment, the fish have many benefits such as it will cost less for consumers, and it will help wild salmon. Aquadvantage salmon are safe and should be sold for human consumption without labels. Aquabounty 's genetically engineered the salmon. They called the GMO fish “Aquadvantage salmon”. The salmon are made by micro-injecting recombinant rDNA from Chinook Salmon and ocean pout. The rDNA from those fish allow aquadvantage salmon to grow about 1.78 to two times faster and about eight times faster than their non GE counterparts (Robert H. Devlin,Population effects of growth hormone).The rDNA from the ocean pout allows the aquadvantage salmon to grow all year around, giving them the edge over other non-GE salmon. The aquadvantage salmon will be farmed in Canada and in Panama using land based facilities. A major controversy of the salmon is the FDA does not require the aquadvantage salmon to be labeled.…

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