GMO Frankenfish Not Appetizing to America's Top Chefs


While consumers still have time to make comments on whether or not the FDA should approve genetically modified fish for commercial sale in the U.S., America’s top chefs are already speaking out against using the engineered salmon.

According to, “Chefs who say they’ll avoid genetically engineered salmon include Mario Batali, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Pasternack.”

AquAdvantage is a genetically engineered salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies that’s been designed to grow to market size in nearly half the time it takes regular salmon. It includes DNA from another salmon variety as well as an eelpout.

If approved, the fish would be the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food supply, and testing has been slim on the health effects. “I think it’s totally wrong and I am not happy to see this ‘Frankenstein’ kind of salmon, or any fish produced this way, enter the market.” Eric Ripert of seafood temple Le Bernardin said in the article. “We’re testing the first genetically engineered animal on humans, [italics theirs]” said Chef Rick Moonen.

There are also environmental risks of the fish escaping and breeding with non-GMO species. Experts say there’s no way to tell what the impact could be on oceanic ecosystems if that were to happen. EdibleManhattan reports, “AquaBounty’s studies were designed to conceal potential risks, they still show that its AquAdvantage® salmon is less nutritious, more likely to trigger an allergy, and could increase cancer risks by raising levels of IGF-1, a hormone linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers in humans.”

Consumers can submit comments to the FDA by April 26th.


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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and editor focused on the global food system and how it intersects with our cultural traditions, diet preferences, health, and politics. She is the senior editor for sister websites and, and works as a research associate and editor with the Cornucopia Institute, the organic industry watchdog group. Jill has been featured in The Huffington Post, MTV, Reality Sandwich, and Eat Drink Better.