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Can Franken-salmon triumph over uninformed ad-hoc opinions?

While it is perfectly legitimate for our aesthetic preferences regarding technological innovations in food to determine what we eat, they shouldn’t dictate policy – evidence should. And if we have no clear understanding of the evidence, perhaps we should stay out of the policy debate entirely, writes Jacques Rousseau.

Consumers have a history of caution in adopting technological innovations in food. Pasteurised milk took years to gain acceptance, and words like “Frankenfood” are used to describe food that is produced in a lab. But what starts out frightening can rapidly become commonplace. Nearly two decades ago, genetically modified soy beans were Frankenfood, and today they account for 85% of soy bean production in the US.

Labels like “Frankenfood” are emotive, and imply that a wrong has been committed. Unfortunately, the debate often ends here, as moral claims – no matter how un-articulated – are frequently treated as privileged or even as trump cards, in that if you find something morally objectionable, your objection is typically afforded respect regardless of its merit.

So it is with Frankensalmon, or to give this delectable fish its proper name, AquAdvantage salmon, fresh from the labs of AquaBounty Technologies. A combination of Atlantic salmon, chinook, and ocean eel pout. The chinook salmon provides a growth hormone gene, while the ocean eel pout contributes an antifreeze protein gene. What we end up with is a salmon that reaches market age twice as fast as the one you’d normally find on your plate…..

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