In may place across the US salmon populations where falling in the mid 1900’s and the possibility of electricity was to great they damned up some important rivers for Salman. So some offered farming “Salmo Domesticus” a breading program produced in Norway had great potential. Except Salman have very specific gene structures from there years of prenatal stream use. But with rapid growth, odd behavior, and bad health. These Frankenstein have been estimated at millions of farmed fish that escape every year that threating to mix with local salmon runs. Potential impacting the genes making for good or bad outcomes. But as data started to stack up places still have farms funding impoverished countries making great money for the needed. Potential playing god in ecosystems they know not about. Just as we play god with what we know not.
I agree with what you’ve said. There needs to be more oversight over these programs, in order to protect a places natural ecology. Even though this story is nothing new we should learn from our past mistakes, so they won’t occur again. There has been enough damage to natural habitats around the globe, so if we need to farm fish in order not to over fish a certain species then lets do it with care and intelligently.
“Playing God” is an interesting phrase, because it is very subjective to both religious views, and social views in terms of what humans are “allowed” to mess with and what they’re not. What makes modern genetic modification all that different from artificial selection? Humans have been genetically modifying their food sources for as long as we can remember through selective breeding, and yet few people seem to mind having cows that produce lots of milk or yummy, easy to eat bananas. If we ignore the moral implications of modifying creatures, it makes it hard to say we’re doing all that much more to modify our food sources than we have in the past.