If you are one that consumes the foods that are considered “clean” in the Torah (first 5 books in the bible), then this franken-fish ain’t for you. The Salmon is a “clean” fish.
However, the scientists __who many consider as “gods” __ have taken what is considered a clean fish and genetically engineered it with an “unclean” fish called eelpout. Here’s the story. I have abbreviated it.
Rt.com Dec. 22/12 Posted Dec.24, 2012
Regulators with the FDA have released a preliminary report that suggests they will soon give the go-ahead to a team of scientists who’ve created a sci-fi “frankenfish.” a salmon-hybrid developed in the laboratories of AquaBounty.
The fish, a hybrid of the Pacific Chinook salmon and a ray-finned creature called the eelpout, is engineered to grow twice as normal as traditional salmon. Once the frankenfish is approved for good, AquaBounty will be able to offer meatier fish able to feed more people. (Yeah right!)
“In all other respects,” the company says the AquAdvantage fish is “identical to other Atlantic salmon.”
The AquAdvantage “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States,” the FDA wrote, noting additionally that the fish is unlikely to harm populations of natural salmon.
The FDA has 60 days to hear remarks from the public before it makes its final decision. From there, AquaBounty is likely to release what will be the first genetically engineered animal ever determined safe for human consumption.
With no other such animal ever approved in the past, though, concerns have been plentiful over what consequences the creature could spawn.
Bill Freese, a science policy analyst with the Center for Food Safety, told Women’s Health Magazine recently that while the FDA obviously has regulations the fish will have to pass, that process is “totally unlike” how the FDA goes about approving drugs.
“This is a radical new technology. We need very good, careful, close regulation, and we just don’t have that. We can’t be assured of the safety of any of these genetically engineered organisms,” he said. (Pic of salmon, a clean fish)
Developing the frankenfish has so far cost AquaBounty nearly two decades of research and tens of millions of dollars. Only weeks ago, though, the very fate of the fish was put at risk.
In 2010, the FDA concluded that the AquaAdvantage fish was just as safe as traditional salmon to eat. Only now, however, has it been finally able to release its environmental assessment report, one of the final steps before AquaBounty can be given the green light.