Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Genetically Modified Salmon

Just those words are enough to turn me off, but after reading Dr. Andrew Weil's blog about the topic, I thought it appropriate to discuss. These fish have been genetically engineered to eat less and grow faster. They are grown in ocean pens, and require less food to reach desired weight, which can dramatically compromise the nutritional value of the fish. Often the fish will escape the ocean pens and spread disease and parasites to the wild salmon.

Not only are these fish nutritionally compromised, but they could pose an additional threat to the environment with the waste-disposal and water-use problems. If the FDA approves the genetically modified salmon it could be as little as 2 to 3 years before they hit the grocery stores.

Is this the kind of food we want to feed our kids? I am leaning towards no...thoughts?


  1. Hey Christie,
    Have you watched the movie Food Inc.? If not, I highly recommend it to you. After watching this movie last week, I have decided to make major changes in the Simi household. Organic, grass fed animal products only. I can't believe I hadn't seen this before. Kat

  2. I haven't watched that one yet, but I have watched other similar documentaries. It is in my netflix queue though and I plan on watching it as soon as it arrivies!