Genetically Engineered Fish: Threats or Food?
with Craig Altier, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Saturday, December 18
at the Museum of the Earth
Ocean populations of fish are being rapidly depleted by over-fishing. With the increase in the world’s human population, the need for stable fish production is acute. One way to mitigate this problem is through the increased use of aquaculture, but this practice itself can have damaging environmental consequences. In an attempt to produce farmed fish more efficiently, the Aquabounty company has created a genetically engineered salmon that grows at twice the rate of conventional salmon. This company is presently seeking approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market the fish as the first genetically modified animal to be used for food in the US. This discussion will focus on the important societal and scientific issues inherent to such approval, including food safety, environmental, and animal welfare concerns.