Genetically Engineered Salmon

Is this the way to sustainable living?   Even if the genetically engineered salmon are infertile females which will not reproduce?   Is this the first step to more GE animals?   And ultimately to producing fish and meat in the science lab? 

Global Food From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Salmon engineered in Eastern Canada to grow twice as fast as their wild counterparts are poised to become the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption in North America.

The DNA-altered salmon are “as safe to eat as food as other Atlantic salmon” and have “no biologically relevant differences,” the United StatesRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Food and Drug Administration said in a preliminary analysis of the fish released Friday. The federal food regulator is set to hold three days’ worth of public hearings later this month to review questions over whether the salmon are safe to eat and safe for the environment – a step widely perceived as one of the fish’s final hurdles to entering the human food chain.

If the fish wins final FDA approval, it will would effectively pave the way for other scientifically engineered animals to enter the food chain in the United States, and possibly Canada. The impact the technology will have on salmon prices is unclear – sockeye prices plummeted in British ColumbiaRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. this week after a historic boom in the supply of wild salmon.