Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What’s on my mind about the AquAdvantage salmon (GMO)

Renee Gosselin, MS MBA RD
Nutrition Sciences Instructor                                                                                                             


Well, I am going to keep my own opinions to myself in this as I am sure there will be a lot of debate throughout the nutrition/healthcare/general public.  However, this has been on mind and has made it to the media. The term pinned as the AquAdvantage salmon refers to a GMO engineered Atlantic Salmon  .  The FDA has approved and deemed this salmon as being as safe as the non-GMO. There has also been discussion about the environmental impact of using/harvesting the GMO salmon. The FDA stated that this salmon will be far away from water sources where it is unlikely it will escape into the wild. 

On the other hand, there are some stores/grocery providers that are already stating they will not carry this product. Costo, Wholefoods, Trader Joes’s, Aldi, Kroger,and Safeway have  gone on record to state that they will not carry such the AquaAdvantage Salmon in their stores. However, we do have to be aware that over 80% of the foods Americans eat daily have GMO within in them. This could be as simple as high fructose corn syrup.  So something to ponder is are we already eating the equivalent to the AquaAdvantage if we are eating GMOs?

 Possibly just some things to ponder:
GMOs are outlawed in many countries
Organic products do not contain GMOs
Organic meats/milk/dairy are hormone, antibiotic free 
If we do not use GMOs will we have enough food supply?
Are allergies on the rise because of GMOs? 
Lastly here is a link that discusses GMO information http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/


Breyer, M. (2015). Costco says no to GMO salmon. Retrieved from http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/costco-says-no-gmo-salmon.html

FDA. (2015). FDA has determined that the AquaAdvantage Salmon is as Safe to Eat as Non-GE Salmon. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm472487.htm

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