Members of Congress are working to prevent the FDA from approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty designed its salmon to grow twice as quickly as wild salmon. Congress members from Alaska are leading the opposition, saying that the engineered fish will damage the state’s wild salmon industry, but more than a dozen senators have written to the FDA about their concerns with the related food-safety and environmental risks. Approval of the modified salmon would open the door for other genetically modified organisms, such as the “Enviropig” being developed in Canada, which promises to have less-polluting manure, or cattle resistant to mad cow disease.
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