Unfortunately, as many of us already know Genetically Modified Organisms, known as GMO's, have become an all too common part of the modern western diet. The part that's even more unsettling is that the FDA is in no hurry develop a labeling requirement for these possibly for these possibly harmful, human manipulated foods.
While this process is usually limited to fruits and vegetables, salmon has actually become the first transgenic animal to enter the market for human consumption. Some people view this as positive progress, and others are actually quite concerned about the potential drawbacks it'll have on the environment, ecology, and their own health. Find out the difference between wild salmon, and GMO salmon, and make the choice for yourself...
Wild salmon is more nutritious.
One of the most popular benefits of wild caught salmon is that is contains less than half the fat of farmed GMO salmon in addition to a lower calorie count. Plus, salmon caught in the wild are considerably higher in iron, calcium, protein, and potassium. Another downside of farmed fish is that the omega 3 fatty acids aren't good quality, and they are more likely to come full of pesticides such as the cancer causing polychlorinated biphenyls, rarely found in wild caught salmon.
Farmed salmon hurts the environment.
Environmental groups are becoming increasingly concerned about the ecological footprints the warehouses that farmed salmon are raised in, have on the surrounding environment. If these farmed fish somehow escape into the wild it could disrupt the ecosystem of the natural wild salmon, and it's feared that millions of farm raised salmon have already escaped into the wild.
Is the FDA too relaxed?
Alarmingly, even if you're health conscious, and aware of the health problems that come along with consuming GMO salmon, you could be purchasing it without even knowing. The FDA has recently announced that they will allow these GMO salmon sold in stores without any kind of label, similar to the protocols allowing GMO crops to be sold unlabeled.
What can you do?
The best way to avoid GMO salmon is to stay away from all farmed salmon because although the FDA isn't required to label GMO salmon, by law it has to label any farmed salmon. So next time you're at the local grocer's reach for the wild salmon, and you can even vocalize your opinion on the dangers of GMO salmon, and see what they have to say about it.
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