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Senate Subcomittee Reviews Bill to Ban Genetically Engineered (GMO) Salmon

 

Update on GMO Salmon:

Congress has put a temporary halt on the FDA’s approval process for AquaBounty, which could be the first genetically engineered animal to be sold for human consumption. The primary concern is that the salmon, which grows two to four times faster than normal, could escape into the wild and cause untold havoc to local species.

Because fish farms are essentially giant nets sitting just off the coast, escape isn’t just possible, it’s inevitable. In the past ten years, in British Columbia alone, farmers have reported the escape of nearly 400,000 Atlantic salmon into the Pacific ocean. These invaders threaten to wipe out local species of salmon, which would weaken genetic diversity. It isn’t just the environment that needs a broad gene pool; if a serious disease or maladaptive trait threatens Atlantic salmon in the future, we need other options or we’ll be out of luck.

The Chairman of this subcommittee is U.S. Senator for Alaska, Mark Begich, who says that he supports this bill in order to protect the sustainability and the quality of Alaskan wild caught salmon. Because consumers like us have shown that we value that quality, Congressmen are willing to fight for it, and if we continue to demand quality from our food, we can help pave the way towards a healthier future.

Topline Foods offers only non-GMO wild caught salmon for you and your family. The quality is superior to farmed salmon. Trust Topline Foods for all your premium meats including organic and grass fed beef, all natural and organic free range chicken and, of course, wild caught non-GMO salmon and seafood!


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