Thursday, June 2, 2011

Are GM plants safe for fish feed?

After reviewing numerous publications, Norwegian researchers have presented their findings on the current state of knowledge about the use of genetically modified (GM) plant ingredients in fish feed. The review focuses on fish performance and health, and the fate of DNA fragments from GM plants in the fish. 

The researchers are from the National Institute of Seafood and Nutrition Research (NIFES), the Aquaculture Protein Centre’s (APC), the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH), and the National Veterinary Institute (VI). The researchers base much of the review on experiments they have performed themselves. 

The researchers concerns with GM were over the way the new DNA settles in the host plant as it can lead to new characteristics that have not been accounted for. For example, changing the level of nutrients or toxicants in the GM organism. These unknown characteristics may then effect the feed it helps create and then the animal eating it. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers

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