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Using GM plants as a source of omega-3 fish oils and astaxanthin for feed is sustainable, says UK professor

2016-0514 Using GM plants as source of omega-3As a UK institute’s field trial to test GM Camelina plants that produce DHA and EPA rich oils and astaxanthin gets green-lighted, the lead researcher defends the environmental robustness of using such crops as the key components in farmed fish diets.

Hertfordshire based, Rothamsted Research, which receives funding from the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), was recently granted permission by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to carry out the trial on its test farm this year and into 2017.

But trial opponents , such as UK campaign group, GM Freeze, said the environmental credentials of generating the omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – from GM Camelina plants as opposed to sourcing them from marine resources “do not stand up to scrutiny” given that such plants would be growing on prime agricultural land.

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Here is another article about using camelina oil to replace sh oil in diets for farmed salmonids and Atlantic cod