The FDA is very close to approving AquAdvantage genetically modified salmon here in the US.
We’re in the midst of the 60 day comment period now, which means now is the time to get heard.
I received an email alert this week urging us to sign a petition which the folks behind Fresh: The Movie will be hand delivering to the FDA on September 19th.
Here’s the gist of the email:
The health impact of eating genetically modified fish are entirely unknown. Do you want to be the guinea pig?
Even if you personally choose not to risk your health by eating GE salmon, you still have a huge problem. Each year millions of farmed salmon escape from open-water net pens, throwing off entire ecosystems and economies as they dominate already fragile wild salmon habitats. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences notes that a release of just 60 GE salmon into a wild population of 60,000 could lead to the extinction of the wild population in less than 40 fish generations.
Proponents of the new GM fish argue that it grows faster and will help feed more people.
We’ve already seen strong evidence of GM crops growing in the wild. If this frankenfish is approved, how long before wild salmon species are breeding with this new GM variety?
Want to get heard? You can sign the petition urging the FDA not to approve AquAdvantage salmon.
So, what do you guys think? Is AquAdvantage salmon a threat to health and biodiversity? Or do you think the potential benefits to food production outweigh these risks?
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