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The Associated Press reports that some 200 restaurants, grocers and seafood distributors have promised to oppose genetically engineered seafood, pledging not to buy, serve or sell fish created by biotechnology.

Among those signing the pledge were Whole Foods Market, as well as some of the nation’s more influential restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Citronelle in Washington DC, and the French Laundry in Northern California.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering allowing Atlantic salmon genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as salmon raised on "fish farms" to come to market.
KC's View:
We honestly don’t know how we feel about this. On the one hand, we think that biotechnology ought to be explored and tested so society can use science to its greatest potential. On the other hand, there are few people we respect more in the culinary business than Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse…so our inclination is to defer to her judgment.