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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Genetically engineered fish endangers wild salmon, other catch

Monday, March 24, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 24, 2014

No fish tastes better than the wild kind.

But the Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety of genetically-engineered salmon. Of course, the FDA's main concern is whether Frankenfish are safe.

It might turn out to be safe. It also might be a weak replacement and threat to the highly nutritious wild variety. Wild salmon in particular is one of the most nutritional foods.

If the nutrition is sacrificed because of interbreeding with Frankenfish, it is gone forever.

For Alaskans and others with commercial fishing industries, introducing the genetically engineered fish could have devastating effects not only on the natural resource, but on the fishermen who harvest it and the economy that benefits.

Frankenfish is a threat to fisheries around the world. It might begin with salmon, but it won't end there. And it won't change the fact that the wild salmon, along with naturally grown fruits, vegetables and nuts, provide the nutrition humans need.

Humans eat other manufactured food, which might include Frankenfish some day, but they know that it isn't what's best for the body and mind.

Let's be very careful with experiments that might not be reversible when there is so much to lose.

Copyright The Ketchikan Daily News. Distributed by the Associated Press.


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