Genetically Modified Salmon Could End Up On Your Plate

by Corali on September 5, 2017 - 9:13pm

Genetically modified animals are part of science fiction movie, but what happens when it comes real? In May 2016, AquaBounty Technologies, an American company, received the approval for selling genetically modified (GM) salmon in Canada. In fact, these fishes grow twice as fast as normal Atlantic salmon. “It’s the first time genetically modified animal products have been sold to the public anywhere,” say Anna Maria Tremonti news article “Would you eat genetically modified fish? You may have already” published August 14, 2017, on radio shows.


But what is the matter?

It’s because we do not know which one is the GM one on the fish counter. There is no law for labeling GM products. They can not assume that we don’t care about it. For religious value or ethical and health concerns, we have the right to know. Maybe Health Canada approved GM salmons but they do not do by themselves the testing. Like Lucy Sharratt, a coordinator for the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, said: “Instead the government relies on data information that’s provided by the company”. Which company will give bad information about themselves, do any of them will say that their product isn’t approvable?


I find this source reliable because it published by the famous tv, radio and information provider that is CBC. Also, there is other article that confirms this information. This article passed in radio and was writing directly on the website of CBC. The author is also an know figure and won an award for her report. This is why I think my source is reliable.


In general, if you want to know if your source is reliable you can search for other similar news on the net and look for information on the author. Ask you these question: Is he write a lot? For who he writes? Where his article is posted? Finally, you need to find your own opinion because there will always be people to confirm or disconfirm information. But remember, the truth is not white or black.


By Corali

September 5, 2017





What an interesting topic that I can tell you’re passionate about! Unfortunately, sometimes passion about the subject can translate into bias that becomes apparent to your readership. Having read both the article you summarized as well as your summary of it, it seems that you may have been cherry-picking information from the article that supports your point of view and, on occasion, even adding your own inflammatory comments such as “Which company will give bad information about themselves, do any of them will say that their product isn’t approvable?” Implying that a company is lying about their data without sufficient proof can lead to your readers mistrusting your claims. However, I believe that this bias was also apparent in the article you summarized, as, while it does mainly take aim at the lack of transparency about these products instead of the actual technology, it could guide the uninformed reader to assume that something must be wrong with GM fish if there’s such an issue around it’s labelling. I’d recommend looking into this article from The Guardian, which, while presenting the same issues that your article does, also notes the positive impact that this product could have on the environment, such as a 25 times smaller carbon footprint. Showing both sides of the story nuances the opinions presented and makes the article seem less extreme. The article comes from The Guardian, which is an internationally recognized news source, and the author, Ashifa Kassam, is the Canada correspondent for this newspaper, and therefore, I would consider her to be trustworthy by association.

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