Would you eat genetically engineered fish? That’s the debate right now in the FDA. A company called AquaBounty, which produces genetically engineered salmon, believes that, if approved, the fish could help reduce pollution, disease and other problems associated with saltwater fish farms, as well as provide an alternative source of seafood to help reduce the impact of overfishing. AquaBounty says that genetically modified salmon has the same flavor, texture, color and odor as conventional fish. The company’s fish grows twice as fast as an Atlantic salmon. It is the product of combining genes from two other fish, the Chinook salmon and the ocean pout, an eel-like fish. The Chinook salmon gene stimulates the body to make growth hormone, while the ocean pout gene sequence, called a promoter, keeps the growth gene working constantly. The result is a very large salmon in half the time. The natural process for salmon is takes about three years for salmon to grow to market weight, AquaBounty's salmon be suitable to go to market in 18 months. If the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the fish, it would mark the first time a genetically modified animal has been approved for consumption in America. Currently, genetically modified soybeans and corn are being sold for people to consume. However, opponents of approval, including many consumer advocates, worry that the fish would pose a threat to both the health of consumers and the environment. Some experts are saying they don’t know if the salmon would even be safe to eat and what problems it cause after ingestion. The FDA has not approved it yet and it looks like the debate has been continuing for over two years. Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist