Pondering AquaBounty comes with a preface – one that admits I’m no expert, acknowledges dismissing immediate research was a conscious decision, and making it clear this is a knee jerk reaction. That said – AquaBounty makes me nervous.
AquaBounty Technologies, a Massachusetts bio-tech company believes genetically modified Salmon should grace our tables. Last year Canada gave AquaBounty green light blessings to farm Atlantic Salmon in Prince Edward Island. Foot in the door, AquaBounty applied for approval to produce and sell genetically altered Salmon in the Americas. Under federal regulations, details of their application is not public record. What little is known came out of a shareholders report last week – revealed were plans to “start” the Chinook Salmon based eggs at their hatchery in PEI, ship them to Panama, maturing at twice the rate of their sea going cousins.
So why are my nerves twitching? AquaBounty has no intention, nor would they be compelled under federal legislation to identify their genetically altered Salmon. If it were a clear cut case of rainbows and lollipops – why bother shipping eggs to Panama? What assurances or control would Canada have over farming practices in Panama? Would they simply issue apologetic press releases titled “Oops, sorry” if a mishap introduced these fish into the wild? Should the public swallow – hook, line, and sinker – closed door, back room deals without question? Is there validity to claims modified Salmon amplifies allergic reaction in those with seafood sensitivity?
GMOs skepticism spreads faster than snippets of sordid rumour – if they actually solved the world’s problems – why all the brick walls, non disclosure, and corporate delivered pacifiers? I have an open mind – explain it to me. Convince me money doesn’t trump all else. Knowing employees at Monsanto headquarters refuse any food made from genetically modified food sources be served in their cafeteria doesn’t help much.( See link below )
Link to CBC story on AquaBounty application….