Alaska fishermen fight FDA approval of GM salmon

| March 6, 2013
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Every summer since 1979, Kim Hubert has fished for sockeye salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. It’s a family business in tiny Togiak that has, from time to time, also employed his wife and three children.

They and other fishermen have been casting a wary eye on Washington, where the FDA is considering whether AquaBounty, a Massachusetts-based company, may sell genetically engineered salmon to consumers in the U.S.

Fishermen in Alaska fear that the new, faster-growing farmed fish would threaten their livelihood by flooding the market with cheap fish. They’re pressing for the AquaBounty salmon to be labeled as genetically engineered because they think that their wild-caught, more expensive product is superior. They want no confusion in the marketplace.

Read the full article here: Activists fight FDA approval of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon

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