Time Magazine Celebrates Frankenfish

September 2, 2010

A strong candidate for most irresponsible mainstream media piece of the year, written by the author of The Hamburger: A History. In the pages of Time magazine, Josh Ozersky cheers on the development of genetically modified salmon. Never mind that, as a carnivorous top-of-the-food-chain fish, there’s no way to farm salmon—genetically modified or otherwise—that doesn’t waste staggering amounts of resources.

After acknowledging the hazards of genetic modification, Ozersky goes on to write:

But the fact is that, whether through DNA modification, artificial insemination, antibiotics or any other technique, high-tech aquaculture is the only way to save the planet’s marine life.

And:

Eating the so-called "Frankenfish," however scary it may sound, is a small price to pay for saving the world.

Even switching your fish consumption to small, herbivorous fish would be an order of magnitude more environmentally friendly than eating Frankenfish salmon, but Ozersky doesn’t present that as an option. Nor does he bother to mention the possibility of cutting down your fish consumption or cutting it out entirely.

It’s tragic that Time would publish such garbage. (Via Hawthorne.) Link.

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