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Jul 2, 2019

Indiana fish farm producing nation’s first GMO animal for human consumption

It's the country's first genetically modified animal approved for consumption, and it's growing in Albany, Indiana.

AquaBounty Technologies is producing GMO salmon, and it could be hitting the market next year. Their fish farm off of E. Gregory Road received a shipment of roughly 90,000 bio-engineered eggs last month. Since then, the salmon have hatched.

The technology company believes they should be ready for harvest in late 2020. President and CEO Sylvia Wulf said these fish grow faster than conventional salmon, but they will not be larger or taste different.

"I think about food insecurity and climate change, and using genetic modification and gene editing allows us to meet those challenges," she said.

In 2015, AquaBounty received FDA approval for the first genetically modified animal for human consumption. Health Canada approved the fish in 2016.  Read the article.

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