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Sustainable ‘superfish’: AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon poised to counter overfishing

| | February 19, 2018
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At current rates, according to a 2006 article in the journal Science, the world will run out of all wild-caught fish by mid-century.

Genetically engineered fish could provide a solution, taking the pressure off wild stocks and reducing the energy and carbon emissions required to feed the world’s seafood appetite. Because AquaBounty’s salmon are sterile and raised in land-based tanks, they can’t breed with wild populations. And because they efficiently convert fish feed into edible protein, they offer a potential low-cost solution for nourishing not only affluent consumers in North America but hungry people in the developing world with little access to meat.

d a d b ba f be c extra largeBut there is something about genetically engineered fish that many find uniquely disturbing.

There’s also a tangle of bureaucratic red tape to get through before GE fish finds its way into U.S. grocery stores.

It’s a strange paradox: If you could get the fish here, you could sell them; but you can’t legally bring GE salmon into the country.

“We are providing technology to improve food production and make it sustainable,” [AquaBounty CEO Ron] Stotish says. This, he says, will put society in a better position “to address the global food security issues we’ll face as the world’s population approaches 10 billion.”

Read full, original post: One Fish, Two Fish, Strange Fish, New Fish

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