The story behind the well-funded opposition to block AquaBounty’s sustainable GMO salmon

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

It took more than 20 years to navigate the complex regulatory system, but the world’s first GMO animal to be approved for human consumption has finally made it to the dinner plate. It took so long because the quest by AquaBounty to get its AquAdvantage Salmon to market was challenged at every turn by a host of opponents — from environmentalists to politicians to fishing industry groups.

It was an opposition effort that was fueled by a lot of money and a lot of allies (including some in the US government).

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