Filed Under: Seafood

Swimming In Fear

Greenpeace is planning to make Boston ground zero for protest this week, as the International Boston Seafood Show brings together industry bigwigs from 50 states and Europe. Modern science is making it possible to genetically enhance fish – for example, to allow them to grow faster or reproduce in greater quantities. Greenpeace, being anti-technology in general and opposed to genetic improvements in particular, is quick to raise the red flag. What they may be ignoring, though, is the likelihood that genetic engineering represents some species’ sole hope for long-term survival. As one Boston fish-biotech CEO told the Associated Press, “An organization like Greenpeace has a tendency to talk about the risks of technology, but not the risks of standing still.” Pass the tartar sauce. (Note: Free subscription required to access article.)

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