Just when you thought it would be an uneventful time to go away on a holiday weekend, the FDA conveniently declared on Friday (when most people are not paying attention to the news) that genetically-modified salmon is safe and doesn’t pose an environmental risk.
The timing in all of this was calculated to perfection and displays a real agenda within the government. After all, with the naming of Islam Siddiqui to a key trade post and other high level nominations, should we be in the least bit surprised at this announcement? I’m not.
The skinny: A company in Boston named AquaBounty Technologies has genetically altered a salmon so that it grows to its market size in 16 to 18 months instead of three years. They have been working with the FDA for nearly a decade to get approval and now a decision appears very close.
How do they get it to grow so fast? In the cold weather, salmon normally turn off their growth hormone. So, AquaBounty has inserted a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon as well as a genetic on-switch from the ocean pout, a distant relative of the salmon. As a result, the salmon never stops growing.
The company says that the chances of mixing with wild fish and contaminating real fish is close to nothing because it will only be grown inland on fish farms.
The company also says it is safe to eat, which the FDA has bought in on.
– I don’t believe the fish will be safe to eat. When you play around with the DNA of a fish in a lab and declare it to be safe for humans to eat, I’m not buying it.
Genetically-modified plants are not safe for humans to eat so why in the world should I believe that a GM-fish is okay to eat? They also cause big problems for the environment, one of which is superweeds.
Without a doubt, the environmental consequences of GE-fish will be seen down the road.
– This is another example of our government buying into the propaganda that GM-food is the only way to to feed the planet. It is completely false. GM-food is unhealthy, unsafe and disastrous for the environment.
– It raises more questions about labeling. Right now, GM-food does not need to be labeled as such in the U.S. Presumably, that includes fish as well. If approved, there MUST be labels.
I know that if a food is USDA certified organic, it doesn’t contain GMO ingredients. I want that same surety with fish.
– If this FrankenFish salmon gets approved, other animals are next — including cattle and pigs.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION
Because this administration treats genetically-modified animals as drugs, and hence regulated by the FDA, this means consumers are deprived of vital information about these fish.
The FDA hearings are in a few weeks but there is no open comment period.
Please click HERE and express your opposition to genetically-engineered salmon.