For years, SFoodie has been hearing about the development of AquaBounty's AquAdvantage giant farmed salmon, which are bred to produce growth hormone continuously throughout their lives so they reach market weight much faster than regular farmed salmon. They would be the first GM animal to make it to market.
Still, it was looking like FDA approval was only a matter of time. But the AP reports that a group of congress members -- first house reps, now senators -- are trying to stop the FDA.
The new charge is led by a senator from Alaska, which has the country's largest wild-salmon fishing industry. AquaBounty is countering that most of its fish will be sterile females and its salmon pens are mostly hard to break out of, which we find incredibly reassuring. Don't miss the paragraph at the bottom of the article about other GM farm animals in the pipeline, which include a Canadian "Enviropig" with "less-polluting manure." All hail the future.