AirTalk for September 21, 2010

Genetically Modified Salmon: Frankenfish or the greatest thing since pasteurized milk?

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Salmon are ready to be washed and manufactured in Puerto Montt, southern Chile.

It’s the second day of FDA hearings regarding the marketing of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. If approval is given this will be the first time the government allows modified animals to turn up on our nation’s dinner tables. AquaBounty insists its product is safe and environmentally sustainable, but critics worry that it can cause allergies in humans and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population.

Guests:

Dr. Michael Hansen, Senior Scientist Consumers Union

Dr. Alan McHughen, Biotechnologist and Geneticist, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences UC Riverside


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