The Pros And Cons Of Aquadvantage Salmon

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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 …show more content…
Around eighty five percent of wild salmon stocks are overfished or depleted(Gaia Vince, how the world 's oceans could be running out of fish). Land based fisheries have proved mostly unprofitable for farmers because of the time the salmon take to fully mature and because salmon are genetically predisposed to stop growing colder months. The aquadvantage salmon grow year around due to their genetic modifications. This makes land based aquaculture profitable. Land based fisheries enjoy many advantages over traditional net based fisheries, such as a reduced risk of escape and they can go anywhere on land with no restriction like water temperature or water

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