Would You Eat Genetically Engineered Fish?

October 2010, Xtend-Life Expert

Summary

Yes, this is a real question! Although I couldn’t believe it when I first read this Reuters article.

Basically, the fish are being pumped with a permanent growth hormone. This makes it grow faster...

Yes, this is a real question! Although I couldn’t believe it when I first read this Reuters article.

Basically, the fish are being pumped with a permanent growth hormone. This makes it grow faster which of course means that the company making them (you read that right, 'making'), Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc can sell the fish faster. More fish sold in a shorter period of time equates to more dollars.

The fish in question is a type of Atlantic salmon. I say 'type' because no matter how close the two fish species resemble each other, the minute you play around with genetics, the so called traditional species will NEVER be the same.

In fact, you should call it by its proper commercial name, AquAdvantage. Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering 'a steamed fillet of AquAdvantage and vegetables'! It's crazy to say the least and seems as if we're living in a science-fiction movie. If we are then could someone please hand me a script because I clearly don’t know my lines!

According to the article, on September 19, the FDA will meet for three days to discuss whether they should approve the salmon. If they do, the Dr Frankenstein scientists at the biotechnology company will start engineering trout and tilapia. I get cold shivers every time the word ‘engineer’ gets associated with food and animals.

The following excerpts and quotes from the article are almost hilarious…if it wasn't for the deadly serious nature of the whole concept:

"Outside advisers will weigh available data and offer advice, although the FDA will later make the final call. 'This is an Atlantic salmon in every measurable way,' said Aqua Bounty Chief Executive Ronald Stotish. 'When you look at the fish, it's impossible to see the difference.' Stotish said the company has analyzed its salmon and found no differences that warrant any kind of special labeling."

Of course it's impossible for the average person to see the difference! Not everyone has a microscope and PhD in genetics!

"Using technology developed by Canadian researchers, AquAdvantage grows to full size in less than 250 days compared with about 400 days for a traditional Atlantic salmon, according to the biotech."

I doubt this so called 'technology' will ever be revealed to the public. I can assume that because it forces the 'fish' to grow so quickly then it cannot be natural…or normal…or right.

"Aqua Bounty has submitted all the FDA-required data, Stotish said, but has done no animal or human clinical trials. It has, however, conducted several taste tests, and Stotish says people like it just fine."

Probably the statement of the year in my opinion! That's like saying "Hey, we haven’t done any tests whatsoever on this stuff you're about to it eat, but let’s be honest but who really cares?! It tastes awesome! Just ask those people over there. Safety isn't nearly as important as the taste!"

This takes me all back to the heading of this blog entry…would you eat genetically engineered fish?

6 Comments

  • “Hi Beth It isn’t possible to say what one particular restaurant will serve. I wish it was. So it is best to consult them individually about the source of their fish if you are concerned. Most restaurants should be able to tell you if their fish is from an ocean or farmed source, and if it is connected with GM in any way, although I doubt many will give this information willingly. But, keep in mind that this new modified fish has not yet been approved by the FDA and as such will not be appearing on the menu for a while yet. Joanna”

    Xtend-Life Expert - October 20 2010

  • “Absolutely not—but we won’t have a choice anyway—it will  get pushed through like everything else that bows down to the almighty dollar—Soylent Green anyone?”

    Vicky - October 17 2010

  • “sounds to me like another plan from the elites in power pushing the globalisation precedure onto us in a format of dumbing down and slavery. They put fluoride and other toxins in our water then tell us its for our teeth cavaties – despite there being evidence that fluoride can in actual fact – weaken teeth (needless to say the human skeletal structure over many years and worse so during childhood years). They tell us that we’re crazy to think otherwise, then many foods on the market are now processed to the degree where we dont really know what’s safe and unsafe anymore. It isnt just the supermarkets that contain dodgy food. I’ve read the same with normal shops and possibly even grocery stores now. Also commercialised health stores can contain soo called health supplements that contain counter-tuiative ingrediants in – or just plain weak vitamins that u get more from processed cabbage from a decomposed compost heap! (maybe good for soil, but not for humans I wouldnt of imagined anyway at least). Be careful what you eat, diseases are encouraged to enrichen the governmental health services by keeping them in business – just think, soo many pounds or dollars for prescriptions add up over a few weeks, and millions of people are in healthcare everyday. Plus the government healthcare products have soo many side effects and can cause unchemically balanced hormones in the body – who knows the damage theyre really causing?… Which brings me to websites like these. From what I can see, this does sound legit, and I am looking into more sites now than ive ever done regarding health – but im at a stage where I dont really know who/what to trust. But it might be worth noting looking into how the elite corporate businesses run the world, and their agendas, and it wont be difficult to see why these foods are being pumped onto the everyday market using the media as wolves in sheepskin clothing to promote false conceptions to cover up their plans. But dont just take my word for it. Just food for thought (excuse the pun!) :)”

    chris - October 18 2010

  • “I would not and do not eat anything that a corporation has meddled with – health and safety always come last when shareholders and profits are involved. Evil has many names in the modern world, and you can see them all in children’s commercials peddling sugar, additives and fats under the guise of ‘nutritious food’. I won’t name any specific names, but I think we all know who they are.”

    Yuri - October 15 2010

  • “Is "Farm Raised" Salmon like is what is discussed in this article? When you go to a restaurant and order Salmon what is going to be put down before you….farm raised or wild? We all know that wild salmon is the one we need to eat to get the Omega 3 fats, etc. Thank goodness, I take the X-tend Life Omega 3/DHA to make sure I get the good fish oils. If you can answer these basic questions, I would appreciate your concern and opinions. Beth, San Diego, CA”

    Beth - October 17 2010

  • “Hi Yuri, I totally agree with the fact that media adverts entice us into bad eating habits all the time. It is a sad fact of the modern world. Encouragement of a raw, natural, unprocessed diet is always best, with increased fluid intake through the day (which many people forget) and plenty of daily exercise. These are keys to a healthy diet. Joanna”

    Xtend-Life Expert - October 20 2010

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