FDA Approved the Consumption of GMO Salmon: Is it Really Safe?

Salmon has earned its reputation as one of the healthiest fish in the world because of its amazing health benefits. Salmon is packed with omega-3 that fatty acid that is good for our heart and lowers down our adrenaline and cortisol levels. The DHA fatty acid found in Salmon also helps reduce our risks in ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) and improves our eyesight. It also promotes healthy hormone balance in our body, especially in our thyroid and adrenal glands. In the fast metabolism diet, Salmon is strongly advised to be part in the diet especially in Phase 3. It’s because Salmon is a known source of healthy fats.

FDA Approved the Consumption of GMO Salmon

However, the health and environmental advocates are in hype again as the controversy of FDA’s approval on GMO salmon emerged. Let us hear more about the news below:

Last Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the production of fast-growing fish salmon named as AquaAdvantage salmon created by AquaBounty technologies. A new gene was said to be inserted to the fertilized salmon eggs to boost the production of fish growth hormone. Resulting to a fast-growing salmon than its conventional, farm-raised counterpart.

The FDA’s scientific advisers concluded that the genetic engineering being done on the salmon is safe to eat and won’t contribute any harm to the environment.

“Basically, nothing in the data suggested that these fish were in any way unsafe or different to the farm-raised salmon,” – Alison Van Eenennaam, biotechnology specialist at the University of California said.

Throughout the history, the AquaAdvantage salmon is the first genetically modified animal that was approved by FDA for human consumption. The Food and Drug agency also said that there’s no reason to label it as different from the other salmons out in the market.

The FDA is requiring the AquaBounty to take precautionary measures to ensure the fish won’t get into the ocean and compete with wild salmons. They are only allowed to raise the fish on two sites– Canada and Panama. The company also ensures that the fish will be sterile. So that if the fish will escape into the ocean, they will fail to reproduce.

Credits: Image source from FoodDemocracyNow.org

Credits: Image source from FoodDemocracyNow.org

This move from FDA, however, had raised negative reactions from health advocates.

“This frankenfish, this GMO salmon, should not be approved, and shouldn’t have been approved,” says Dana Perls, a campaigner with the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

“We are deeply disappointed with the FDA’s decision to approve the AquaAdvantage salmon,” Michael Hansen, senior scientist with Consumers Union, said in a statement. “And it’s even more concerning that the FDA chose not to require any form of labeling, making it extremely difficult for consumers to know if the salmon is GE or not.”

Several big grocery stores have also promised not to sell this GMO salmon– including Safeway, Kroger, Target, Trader’s Joe’s, Whole Foods, Aldi, and others.

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The Fast Metabolism Diet Community ‘s Stand:

Like all the other health advocates, we also firmly believe that the production of GMO salmon should be stopped and have never been approved in the first place. GMO foods that contain pesticides and hormones that alter the biological process of animals will be nothing but unhealthy. Healthy fish such as salmon should be treated with utmost care. GMO foods also contaminate our body and ruins our health. So in this community, we still opt for the naturally produced one. If it is not safe for the ocean, how come it can be safe to our body? We urged the producers to label them for the sake of the consumers. How about you? Where do you stand in this issue?

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