Demand for salmon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/20/10

Demand for salmon

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Demand for salmon is big because of its heart and neurological benefits. So, a Boston company, called AquaBounty, is asking for approval from the FDA.  If they can sell genetically engineered salmon, they can produce it in half the time it takes to grow on its own. However, some oppose the idea, and they're calling them Frankenfish.

Here's a view from both sides. The CEO of AquaBounty, Ron Stotish, said that "we can have a sustainable source of high quality seafood protein closer to populations, and in essence, fresh fish closer to the cities where the fish are consumed."  However, Jostein Solheim said that "it's a fish we are talking about, but very soon it will be a genetically engineered pig a chicken even God forbid our beloved cows."

If approved, the salmon would be the first genetically modified animal permitted by the FDA.  Although the hearing wrapped up today, it is still a few weeks away from a final decision.

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