Baked, grilled, fried, smoked, broiled or boiled, there’s no wrong way to serve salmon–it’s even delicious raw, as sushi and sashimi.
There’s just one way you don’t want your salmon, and that’s genetically modified.
But GM fish could soon be the catch of the day… and if the FDA has its way, you won’t even know when you’re eating it.
The feds are pushing forward with a plan to approve a new kind of salmon–a miniature sea monster with borrowed DNA that allow it to grow faster, using less food.
And worse yet, the feds say that if and when they approve it (bet on "when" and not "if"), it won’t be labeled.
Regardless of how you feel about GM foods, that just has to rub your scales the wrong way.
If nothing else, consumers should have the right to know what they’re eating, and the ability to decide for themselves if they want to eat it–especially when doing so means taking part in one of the biggest mass health experiments in history.
And that’s because no one can say for sure if these fish are safe or what will happen when millions of people start eating them.
Of the four studies disclosed by the FDA, one is from nearly two decades ago, and the three others are very small studies provided by the company that designed the fish.
Let me guess: They think the fish are just great.
What’s more, the feds won’t even share all the data they have on these fish. They say they need to protect the company’s intellectual property… so just trust in your government to make the right decision for you.
You’ll have to pardon me for not playing along–and I’m not alone. Even members of the FDA’s advisory committee are having a hard time swallowing this one.
"I do get heartburn when we’re going to allow post-market surveillance to finalize our safety evaluation," committee member Michael D. Apley, a pharmacology expert at Kansas State University, told the New York Times.
And if he gets heartburn thinking about it… imagine what could happen to the people who actually eat these things. All the antacid in the world may not be able to undo the damage.
Analysts believe these fish could reach the market within two years… and the clock starts ticking now.
In the meantime, be sure to enjoy your salmon while the real McCoy is still available. Ounce for ounce, it offers the healthiest bang for your seafood buck.
Salmon is naturally high in the omega-3 fatty acids your body needs. In fact, most fish can’t come within a fin of it when it comes to omega-3–just four ounces of salmon can even top the amounts in many fish oil supplements.
Better still, it’s got some of the lowest mercury levels of any fish.
You might say good health is in its DNA… no tampering necessary.
Edward Martin is a health journalist who writes about today's most pressing health issues. He chronicles the most cutting-edge alternative methods for beating everything from diabetes to cancer and reports on the latest FDA foul-ups and Big Pharma conspiracies.