CBS News ran a scare story on what anchor Dan Rather called “super salmon” last week — “the
fish that’s genetically altered to grow to full size much more rapidly than normal.” But while talk of Frankenfish might make for good television, it’s long on fear and short on facts.
In fact, “there could be many social benefits in having some form of genetic engineering,” the executive director of the California Aquaculture Association has said. And new food technologies could lead to more plentiful salmon stocks — making salmon more affordable and consistently available. That’s great news for consumers.