We knew it would be just a matter of time until the FDA approved genetically engineered salmon. They are just about ready to take the final step towards approving this Frankenfish. Making matters worse is the fact that this fish would not have to be labeled! You won’t know what salmon you are eating!
FDA Gets Its Science from AquaBounty
The FDA is relying on the data from AquaBounty — the very company that has spent millions if not more, on research and development of this Frankenfish. They are shaking in their boots until it is approved — the alternative is not an option and they will do everything possible to get it approved.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are really against this approval, as well as thousands of citizens like you and me.
Criticism of the data provided by AquaBounty points to the lack of sufficient evidence that the fish is safe for consumption, and the difficulty in measuring its real impact on the environment once mass production begins.
The FDA will be taking public comments for 60 days before finally deciding on whether or not to approve the salmon. Get your voice heard!
In their report, FDA has concluded that
food from AquAdvantage salmon is as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon, and that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from consumption.
Michael Hansen, a researcher at the Consumers Union, explained that GE fish could cause allergic reactions that may not be apparent at this time.
Out Of Jurassic park
In the movie Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs were not supposed to be able to reproduce. At the end of the movie they showed a new generation of raptors eerily sitting on the stern of the ship. So much for assurances.
These GM salmon are not supposed to mix with the wild salmon. These salmon grow faster and larger than wild (or farmed) salmon and will feed the demand for this commodity, according to proponents of this Frankenfish.
However, what will happen when GM salmon inevitably mixes with wild salmon? Wild salmon as we know it will be a thing of the past.
I don’t know about you but that will really piss me off.
Do this today — right now! Let your voice be heard on this important issue!
There are already so many problems with mislabeling of fish and farmed fish — it is really important to know where your fish is coming from. There are a few companies that are honest and really care about sustainability and quality.