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September 22nd, 2010
03:59 AM ET

Genetically Altered Salmon: Sound Fishy?

Tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, and corn have all been genetically altered. Now salmon could be next. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are debating it and will decide if genetically engineered salmon is safe for you to eat. The fish injected with growth hormones are able to reach store shelves in 16 to 18 months versus the industry average 30 months. However critics do have some unidentified health concerns.

So, how would you feel if genetically engineered salmon was on the menu at a restaurant or end up on your dinner table? Would you be willing to try or would just stop eating salmon all together? CNN's Kyra Phillips talks with a food expert about it.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Kim

    Can't wait to see the Monster poster's of Frankenstein holding a salmon in front of our American grocery stores in protest. Sell it to the next generation ! Ethics of genetics and the FDA is getting carried away since Obama lifted the ban for stem cell research and over turned Bush's policy. Boo and it's almost Halloween ! "The Man Who Made A Monster Frankenstein,"1931. Sheep,calves,the horse Prometea,racing mule Taz,Kitten,Cc and pigs ! Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona,Italy. Human baby clone on the market by when ? Severino Antinori,Italian promises cloned baby human in Jan. Flesh is white but they dye it pink to fool you and charge $6.00 vs $16.00. Special make-up effects ! Oh no and heads up grocery store fish and meat departments ! Who is on oversight with ethics of genetics in this administration ? Which Senators ?

    September 22, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  2. Dave Rogers

    In regards to genetically altered Salmon, what is the nutritional value? These salmon are farm raised on pellets, how are these fish to equal wild caught salmon in nutritional value? We do not buy farm raised at all because it is our understanding that the nutritional value of farm raised doesn't supply the beneficial nutrients. The nutritiional value of wild salmon comes from their natural diet and can't be duplicated in a tank or in a pellet. Are these genetically altered fish even worse? Please let us know.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    You are what you eat pretty soon the fish will be eating us or else human beings will start growing 15 foot tall the scientist are bringing back the Dino's.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  4. Dan

    With the way all food is processed now a days, it makes me wonder how people survived a hundred + years ago. I think we ought to eat the way they ate. I am sure they didn't have all the problems we have today. Go to the garden, pick some vegetables and eat it, etc, etc.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  5. Jack L

    It is imperative that food producers keep investigating ways to improve food quality and production. Just take a look around and count the farmers growing your food. No one knows for sure.
    As the world population grows, the strain on the food supply is increased.
    I direct your attention to the movie Soylent Green. It gives a view at what can happen in the future, to the food supply.

    September 22, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  6. JC

    I think that there is something to blame for this crazy race to produce cheap and larger quantities more than anything else. There used to be a time when being a farmer carried pride. Then came the city and fashion and pop culture and made being a farmer something undesirable. The majority seems to want to be paper pushers hence why some wont mind not having to read labels. I for once know the truth about these foods and it is true. I switched to organic foods a while ago and the difference in taste is not subtle but feels like a whack to the face telling you "wake up".

    September 22, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  7. JC

    it is unfortunate that scientists will just work to better the taste of genetically altered food in an attempt to further blur the line between the products. The word conventional has already been adopted to describe genetically modified and chemically induced food when in reality the long term effects of such practices could take generations to be known, so how is have these foods become conventional? I feel sad for the human race if we are to allow the FDA to give a free card to scientists and not mandate proper food labeling. It should be our right to choose what we want to eat. What we bring to our mouths can make or destroy us. I read somewhere that cloned beef does not need a label. Is this correct?

    September 22, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  8. Anon

    We have been eating GM foods for decades and haven't died from it – what's the big deal?

    September 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  9. Victoria

    My family commercially salmon fishes in Bristol Bay, AK. I am wondering how will this affect our market in the future? If the supply of salmon is at its highest, will we get anything for our natural, wild sockeye salmon?

    September 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  10. Maddox

    That's all we need now is salmon loaded up with hormones & who knows what else. It's bad enough that the hormones in chicken are causing changes in the chemicals in our bodies, what else are they going to do to us? We need to go back to the old days, live chemical free, so that everyone isn't riddled with cancer by the age of 50. And we also need to curb the population, there's TOO many people, that's why we're running out of food & water.

    September 23, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  11. Greg, Ontario

    With the whole planet showing population is going through the roof the people that are against genetically engineered food will be screaming for it in the future. When your starving to death are you really going to care if the fish or veggies were produced naturally? Give me a break, we better find a way to increase food production or we are going to find ourselves in a real mess.

    September 24, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  12. allie

    i am from Alaska and my dad works at a fish processing plant he would never let us eat genetically altered salmon ever. he hates it when people alter salmon unless its to cook it in a new way never to alter it.

    September 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm |