We are on the verge of the first approval of a genetically modified animal for human consumption, a decision sparking controversy and speculation it could make a major turning point in the way food is produced. The GMO (genetically modified organism) in question is salmon, one of the healthiest foods on earth and a food eaten by people worldwide.
The FDA is evaluating GMO salmon as if it were a new veterinary drug. This means the hearings are being held behind closed doors, allowing its creators, AquaBounty, to claim that much of the research and other evidence it is presenting is confidential. Under this procedure, critical information about the entire process never meets the scrutiny of the public eye. There is no transparency.