Genetically Modified Foods

Genetic research does not stop with humans and the inner workings of our system and the impact of genes in health etc. Genetically modified foods are becoming a reality in our everyday lives. It is straight from a science fiction script or so it appears, as we often wonder about the foods only available in science fiction movies, but that is not our reality or that is how we thought.
Biotech companies, retailers and large producers are driven by commercial interest to push for the acceptance of genetically modified foods. We are all for genetic advancement, but many would like to draw the line where it comes to our food. Researchers and scientist has recently shown the world’s first genetically modified Aquabounty Salmon. It is the first fish with altered genes and grows twice as fast as a normal fish.
There are obviously those in favour of genetically modified food such as the fish as they insist it is necessary for the growing population in order to feed everyone. Others who are definitely not opposed to genetic research, but just concerned for the safety of these foods for human consumption, environmental damage and animal cruelty, are against genetically modified foods.
Genetic research are not at early stages yet in regards to the fish as the “new” Aquabounty salmon is indeed the wild Atlantic salmon which was injected with a gene from a fish called Ocean eelpout as well as a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon.
This new Aquabounty salmon is intended for raising on land in tanks as soon as they are commercially produced, but environmentalists are worried that they will definitely end up in oceans and river. The problem is not only that of this specific fish, but the fact that all sorts of genetic research are done on different types of animals, which are currently fit for human consumption. Nobody wants their lamb injected with the growth hormone of a pig, for example, or do they?

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