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TITLE:  GM Seafoods More Dangerous Than Farm Products: Korean Inst.
SOURCE: Asia Pulse/Yonhap
        http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030625/16/3c2x4.html
DATE:   Jun 25, 2003

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GM Seafoods More Dangerous Than Farm Products: Korean Inst.

SEOUL, June 25 Asia Pulse - Genetically modified (GM) seafoods are more
dangerous than GM farm products, the Korea Maritime Institute said
Wednesday. In a report entitled "The Controversy about Danger of GM
Seafoods and Countermoves" the Institute said, "Seafoods are easy-to-
develop GM foods but their harm to the environment is severe and needs
urgent countermoves by the authorities". A GM fish can mate with a non-
GMO fish, which pollutes genetic resources as well as the destruction of
the evolution process, the report said. Transplanting the genes tolerant
of disease to natural fish can cause them to be stricken by a new disease
Those fish are difficult to manage as they move around considerably wide
areas and can exert a worse influence not only on the ecosystem but also
humans than GM crops can, the report added. Because fish eggs are usually
bigger than the ovum of a land animal it is easier to get and more
numerous for food production increase. GM breed improvement has been
tried continually since the 1990s in the U.S. Aqua Bounty Farms Inc. in
the United States has re-engineered the fish growth hormone gene,
resulting in the development of salmon which grow 400-600 percent faster
than existing varieties, with the distribution possible next year because
of licensing by the FDA. "We have to prepare for the management of
imported GM seafoods as well as overseas trade pressure surrounding
them," said Kim Bong-tae, researcher of the Institute.




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