This week, the USDA and the FDA were asked to approve a genetically modified apple from Canada that keeps its color when sliced or bitten into. The event prompted me to wonder how many of you would eat a genetically modified piece of fruit. I generally steer clear of anything GMO — but I'd try this just for kicks to see if it really does prevent my apples from browning. What about you? Would you eat a genetically modified apple?
This Fall, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will decide whether a new variety of genetically engineered salmon can be sold in supermarkets. If approved, the fish would be the first genetically engineered animal that people could eat. The Atlantic salmon, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, borrows genes from a fish called ocean pout, and develops at twice the normal rate, growing to market size in 16 to 18 months rather than three years. Even if the FDA deems it safe and environmentally and nutritionally sound, it wouldn't become available for a few years. Still, it could open the floodgates for other genetic engineering of animals, which likely wouldn't be labeled as such. Where do you stand on the issue?