For the first time in human history, genetically modified (GM) fish has been sold for human consumption.
The seller? AquaBounty Technologies – a company that produces GM AquAdvantage Atlantic salmon.
In their most recent quarterly report, AquaBounty stated that they sold approximately 5 tons of their GM Atlantic salmon fillets. The worst part is that only AquaBounty knows where their genetically modified fish are going. All we know is that the GM fish are in Canada.
“No one except AquaBounty knows where the GM salmon are,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). “The company did not disclose where the GM salmon fillets were sold or for what purpose…”
Lucy has been trying to get answers from AquaBounty for years. In 2013, she went straight to AquaBounty’s facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada to investigate.
Unfortunately, Lucy and her colleagues were treated like criminals. The only information they could find is that AquaBounty is polluting their local environment.
Organizations like CBAN are essential in keeping the Canadian public informed on genetically modified food because members of the Canadian Parliament voted against mandatory GM food labeling in May.
But what does this have to do with the United States?
In the United States, GM salmon is approved for human consumption. The only thing that is keeping it from being sold to the US is an import ban that has been put on GM fish until labeling guidelines are published.
At first, this sounds like great news, but what this really means is that GM fish will not be imported into the United States… yet.
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