TOKYO, JAPAN - Today, Center for Food Safety and the Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative Union (SCCCU) of Japan, jointly opposed the commercialization of the genetically engineered (GE) salmon recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The novel fish is the first ever GE animal approved for human consumption, and many concerns over risks to human and environmental health remain.
Nature has "genetically engineered" numerous species of salmon, witnessed annually where I live as their various "runs" come to the US West Coast. We are already seeing commercially raised salmon, witnessed by the flavorless, dyed flesh available in some supermarkets, and the environmental problems such as disease these farms create. The writer should have researched what genetic changes have been made, and why: probably to make such farms more profitable and the shitty salmon they are now raising more marketable. What the salmon need is not to be raised artificially, but the restoration of the stream habitats that have been damaged by logging, dams and other human activities. This would allow the runs to increase to former levels, to put healthy salmon on the dinner table, and provide jobs for fisherman and others.