Being the world’s first genetically modified animal protein, we as a society have become frightened that a living thing could be produced by the means of technology in a lab. Yet, we aren’t frightened when that technology produces our favorite chips and dips and sugary sweets. Does it take a pair of eyes to draw the line? Why is it now showcased on the news that consumers might not buy this “frankenfish?” It is “safe to eat, environmentally friendly and can feed more of the population with less resources, compared to other farmed fish.” This new GMO salmon might be the solution of factory farming, well aqua farming, anyways.
This raises a question: Is our food becoming like our thirst for technology? In class we’ve been discussing our constant needs for newer and faster technology, could it be the same in our wants for a tastier and more eco-friendly food product? What if the future of our country is dependent solely on scientifically modified foods? Will agriculture cease to exist in the future?
In the article it states that two major store chains, Kroger and Safeway, refuse to sell the GMO salmon because they are unsure if their consumers would even purchase it. It is interesting to see the high demands for junk foods that “taste good,” in comparison for a questionable and not as popular GMO salmon that is healthy for consumption and the environment. It’s like all of a sudden, consumers have completely ruled out the healthy factor for substitutions that seem more “normal.” When in fact, most of the “normal” fruits and vegetables, and most of the food in the grocery stores are genetically modified as well.
This GMO salmon is likely to not appear in any grocery store anytime soon, as 9,000 stores have already opposed of this idea. But what makes them oppose this product? It has all the factors that most consumers are looking for: Healthy, similar as commercial salmon (bigger in size), and environmentally healthy. Are these stores opposing the idea of a scientifically created fish as a substitution of the aqua farmed fish? Is their decision based on their values? If so, then why haven’t we created a solution to factory farming in general? I personally believe this product would be more beneficial for our health. I would be concerned with the wild salmon, and how their gene pool for generations could be permanently irreversible. This salmon could help the repopulation of naturally-birthed aqua life. Could this GMO salmon be the endpoint for our other GMO products that aren’t healthy for us? Corn and soy are the genetically modified products that appear in most of the products in our grocery stores, and are proven to be bad for us. Yet we continue to see its market skyrocket, because it sells.
Has money become most of what we care about nowadays? When can we finally take pride in the products we serve and consume? When can we say that our foods are produced naturally and humanely? At this rate, it is difficult to predict the future of our foods.