California Indian Environmental Alliance is vehemently opposed to the sale of Genetically Engineered Salmon in California stores and restaurants. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday November 19, 2015 approved genetically modified salmon (GMO), the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States.
This is a dangerous precedent and is likely to cause irreparable effects on already threatened wild salmon populations. Wild Caught salmon are naturally low in environmental toxins and highest in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids. Wild Non-GMO salmon do not bioaccumulate toxins (in fish tissue) like mercury and are our best bet in providing immense nutritional value, while avoiding toxins.
GMO salmon, like other farmed salmon are able to infect the wild populations with GMO genes, infectious diseases and cause irreversible damage to their natural habitat. While it might be “safe” to eat these fish, it would irresponsible to allow them to be produced. The answer is instead the protection of wild salmon habitat, cleanup of toxins, and efforts that will result in an increase of wild-caught salmon.