Approval of Genetically-Engineered Salmon Appears Imminent, Tell the FDA “No”

Written by Max Goldberg on December 22, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

For several years, the FDA has been considering whether to approve genetically-engineered salmon and it just released (right before a major holiday) an Environmental Assessment as to whether it is safe or not.

(If you are not familiar with this whole genetically-engineered salmon issue, please see the video at the bottom of this post which gives a great explanation.)

Continuing the Obama administration’s pandering to the biotech industry, the Environmental Assessment (EA) said GE-salmon is safe and poses no real risks, and this report paves the way for approval in 2013.

Needless to say, this is horrible news.

The public backlash against this “FrankenFish” has been very clear, yet it has fallen on completely deaf ears.

– Over 400,000 comments were submitted demanding that this GE-salmon be rejected.

– More than 300 environmental, consumer, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fishing groups and associations, food companies, chefs, and restaurants filed joint statements with FDA opposing approval.

– More than 40 members of the U.S. Congress have repeatedly urged the FDA to conduct more rigorous reviews of environmental and health safety, and halt any approval process until concerns over risks, transparency and oversight have been fully satisfied.

TREMENDOUS RISKS REMAIN

There are huge risks that come with approving genetically-engineered salmon.

1) It can and will ruin the ocean’s natural ecosystem forever.

Once a genetically-engineered salmon escapes into the ocean, which always happens with farmed fish, there will be absolutely no turning back. The ramifications for native salmon stock, already suffering from a serious decline, are dreadful.

Somehow the concerns regarding impacts to wild species and the environment, raised during a Senate hearing last year, remain unanswered in the latest FDA review documents.

2) This GE-fish is sick.

AquaBounty, the owner of this genetically-engineered fish, claims that the company’s process for raising GE-fish is safer than traditional aquaculture.

Yet, documents released by the Canadian government show that a new strain of Infectious Salmon Anaemia, the deadly fish flu which has been devastating fish stocks around the world, contaminated the AquaBounty’s Canadian production site.

Not surprisingly, this information wasn’t included in the FDA’s review and was hidden from the public.

3) The health risks for human beings eating genetically-salmon remain unknown.

What we do know is that the risks for eating GM-plants are huge.

4) Approval of GE-salmon will make it that much easier for GE-steak, GE-lamb, GE-pork, and other genetically-engineered foods and cloned animals to make their way onto our dinner plates.

It is a very, very dangerous precedent.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Even though this EA does indicate that approval is imminent, we still have a chance to block this completely unnecessary piece of food technology. BUT ONLY IF THEY HEAR FROM A LOT OF US.

Please let the FDA know how you feel by signing this electronic petition. You can do so by clicking HERE.

Also, please share this post with your network, so we can have as big of an opposition as possible.

Thank you so much for caring and for taking action.


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12 Comments

  1. absolutely horrible…

    Written by kerry surface on December 22, 2012 @ 5:51 pm
  2. Hi Kerry,

    I agree 100%. Thanks so much for spreading the word and happy holidays!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 23, 2012 @ 3:58 pm
  3. these people need to be stopped- we have to get the FDA to start listening – it’s our health and the future of our children/

    Written by Marla Gates on December 27, 2012 @ 4:10 pm
  4. Hi Marla,

    I couldn’t agree with you more and we need to get as many people as possible sending in comments.

    Thanks for your continued support.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 27, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
  5. The Natural movement of samon has been descimated by dams more dams etc whipping out food for native oeople and everyone else..next came fish farms now modified…When will this insanity stop..greed more money fora few and ill health for people and our brothers and sister..our samon friends.Please stop this before it is too late..bring back the ancient water ways and plently of real samon will return and only take what you need not what you want do so in a gentle way please don’t alter these beautiful creatures protect them thank you for reading this do not forget this

    Written by dreena perino on December 27, 2012 @ 5:21 pm
  6. Absolutely against ge salmon or any gmo the ramifications are deadly

    Written by Amanda DeVriese on December 27, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
  7. Hi Dreena,

    That is the key thing with this GE-issue — we have to stop it before it is too late. Once these GE-salmon escape into the ocean, farmed fish always do, then there is absolutely no turning back.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 27, 2012 @ 8:01 pm
  8. Hi Amanda,

    I am with you 100%. Please share this with your network, so we can get as many people as possible telling the FDA “NO” to GE-salmon.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 27, 2012 @ 8:02 pm
  9. max you should start a white house petitions page for this. i wonder if one is already started but its often hard to get views unless youre well known which is why you should try and maybe people will follow and sign.

    i dont get why its so hard to get this monster food be done with, but its really because of people who shop in horrible supermarkets and wal mart. have you done a piece on that as well? to boycott the major markets or something like that, i mean this has got to stop… these companies shouldnt be making money and people should not support them.

    i signed the peitition but i always fear its not enough because the senators or people send you those silly *i received youe email* fake response.. i do not purchase gmo foods and try my hardest to avoid them. they have really cost me my health and i cannot believe people thinking cheap is best.

    Written by cristina on January 7, 2013 @ 12:40 am
  10. Hi Cristina,

    The comments to the FDA is our best bet. The White House is very aware of this issue and our complaints need to go to the FDA.

    The reality is this: biotech is a big growth industry in the U.S. and Obama does not want to hamper any sector that is growing, even if it means destroying our ecosystem. That is his priority – jobs, along with redistributing income.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 7, 2013 @ 1:07 pm
  11. No!, No!, No!, a thousand times NO! Enough with the ‘ humans as lab rats’ mentality.

    Written by jill on January 13, 2013 @ 10:59 am
  12. Hi Jill,

    I am with you 100%. It is enough of humans being treated at lab rats!! We have to stop this madness.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 14, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

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