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Jul 24, 2019
Genetically modified fish to eat growing in the Midwest
CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ABC 7 I-Team went inside a Midwest farm where futuristic food is coming to life.
AquaBounty Technologies will be the first company in the United States to produce genetically modified fish for humans to eat.
The 40 acre farm is just outside Albany, Indiana, which is about 10 miles northeast of Muncie.
There are multiple safeguards required as each building is entered and exited. Visitors must wear lab coats and boots, and in some buildings you have to sign a guest book. There are strict guidelines, too; live fish can never leave this farm over fears they could damage the wild salmon population.
The genetically modified salmon eggs are imported from Canada. Each shipment can be upwards of 90,000 eggs and will have to clear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspections at Chicago O'Hare Airport.
When the I-Team visited the farm in June, thousands of eggs from the first batch were springing to life. Read the article / view video