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February 18, 2018

008 Sustainable Salmon; All ‘Bout Bananas

conleyheslopcoverphotoSalmon is an outstanding food for protein, and undeniably great table fare. The AquaBounty company has produced the AquaAdvantage salmon, a fish that grows to production size in less time. This means the same amount of healthy fish using less food, labor, water, and other limited resources. Dave Conley speaks about the salmon, how the trait works, it’s deregulation, and addresses questions about safety and containment.  The second part of the podcast visits with Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison, where we discuss banana origins, applications and the challenges to modern cultivation– with an eye on how breeders and biotechnologists might impact the future of this important fruit.  Special Guest Host, Ms. Val Swenson.

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7 Comments on 008 Sustainable Salmon; All ‘Bout Bananas

  1. Another great episode where I learnt things I never knew about the GMO salmon, and wonderful to hear one of my professors from my John Innes Center England studies, share his extensive knowledge about bananas. Feel once again more educated after hearing all this.

  2. One concern I always hear about with any type of cultured animal food is the quality and safety of the input feed. It was mentioned in the podcast that the Aquabounty salmon could reduce input feed by 20 or 30% and that is a nice improvement in efficiency, but what can be done to give consumers confidence that the feed is and will continue to be safe down the production line and after approval?

    • AquAdvantage Salmon are 20-25% more efficient at converting feed than conventional Atlantic salmon. Regarding your concern about feed quality and safety, the feed we use is the same feed used by the salmon farming industry. These feeds are produced by reputable feed mills using state-of-the-art technologies to assure their safety and nutritional quality. These producers supply the feeds that enabled salmon farmers to produce over 2 million metric tons (tonnes) of conventional Atlantic salmon in 2014.

      More info about aquafeed ingredients is available at The Marine Ingredients Organization and about aquafeed production at Skretting North America Skretting is only one of a number of aquafeed producers.

      The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is developing an industry feed standard that will address sustainability and social responsibility issues concerning feed, see

  3. Way to go, Val! I loved this episode and this podcast. I am so grateful for your leadership in communicating science. Thanks for what you do!

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