|Published:||May 06, 2013 6:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 06, 2013 6:08 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Your next fish dinner could come fresh from the lab. You won't find it in the ocean, but you could find it in your supermarket if the FDA approves it. And you'll have no idea you're eating it.
"It just brings back vestiges to me of Jurassic Park.," said Steve Hollister, the owner of Twisted Vine Bistro in downtown Fort Myers.
Massachusetts based AquaBounty Technologies has developed a genetically modified Atlantic Salmon. It grows twice as fast as your normal, you know, bred-in-nature Salmon.
Scientists take DNA from the Chinook Salmon and the bottom-feeding Ocean Pout, combine it with the Atlantic Salmon and voila, you have the AquaAdvantage Salmon.
Environmentalists and activists have grave concerns about the lab-created fish that is pending FDA approval. Last month, activists like Jordanna Colby protested the use of genetically modified organisms in food.
"There's no scientific evidence that shows these fish are safe, healthy," Colby said.
And some local restaurant owners are a little leery of the fish.
"I don't know, I think we're opening a door that may not be able to be closed," Hollister said.
To top it all off, you may never know you're eating this lab-creation. U.S. laws don't require companies to label the product as being genetically engineered.
"I think that it should be labeled. I wouldn't buy it if it came to that," said Hollister.
In March, several supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Aldi, announced the man-made fish would not be sold in their stores. At Publix, a company spokesman said "our plan is to continue to offer traditional farmed salmon for the foreseeable future."
AquaBounty has been trying to get FDA approval for more than a decade, though now the process seems to be wrapping up. In December, the FDA concluded that the fish would have no "significant impact" on the environment and that it would be safe to eat.