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Altered Fish Controversies

Approval for Genetically Modified Salmon as Food Faces Opposition

— October 11, 2010 — Eco
The fishing industry and nearly 400 lawmakers have joined together in opposition to the FDA's pending approval of genetically modified salmon for consumption as food.

Opponents are concerned about the likelihood that AquAdvantage salmon will eventually escape capture and mingle with wild fish, ruining the wild gene pool. Other objections include potential human health risks and opposition to inventing animals or plants whose genetic structure is corporate property.

Implications - Genetic modification is a highly controversial project. The largest concern is definitely cross-breeding between natural and unnatural entities, but also for the health and bodies of consumers of this genetically modified food.
Trend Themes
1. Genetic Modification Controversy - Opposition to genetically modified salmon being approved for consumption highlights the ongoing controversy surrounding genetic modification and its impact on the natural world and human health.
2. Concerns Over Ecological Disruption - The debate surrounding genetically modified salmon also raises concerns about potential ecological disruption and the mixing of natural and engineered entities.
3. Ownership of Genetic Structure - The idea of inventing animals or plants whose genetic structure is corporate property is a contentious issue, with potential implications for the ownership and control of genetic material.
Industry Implications
1. Fishing - The fishing industry is directly impacted by the debate over genetically modified salmon and its potential impact on wild fish populations.
2. Food - The controversy surrounding genetically modified salmon highlights ongoing debates over the safety and regulation of genetically modified foods, with potential implications for the entire food industry.
3. Biotechnology - As genetic modification technology advances and becomes more widespread, the biotechnology industry must navigate thorny ethical and regulatory issues surrounding the ownership and control of genetic material.
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