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Help Stop Genetically Modified Salmon

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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?

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by josephwuorigami

8 comments
  1. Bob

    My advice to you: if you want to be heard, take some time, read the FDA released report carefully and then write your email. Don’t repeat all this crap from other websites. It gets boring and reminds me of a broken record that keeps playing over and over.

  2. Martin

    Of course it’s a threat – a potentially serious threat. Tinkering with the genetic make-up of any organism is playing god – it’s completely unnatural, and the consequences for both the environment and human health unknowable. To think that creating GMO salmon that grow faster than nature intended isn’t going to have ramifications within the ecosystem that they’ll ultimately escape into flies in the face of basic ecological theory that states that “all things are connected.” The US’s cavalier attitude toward genetic engineering is the height of irresponsibility.

    ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.’
    – John Muir

    ‘This we know – the Earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth – befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.’
    – Chief Seattle, 1854

    “The white man is clever, but he is not wise.”
    β€” Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe

  3. Sal

    How do we know this a threat to society? Lets wait and see. We are not playing God. This world was given for us by God to see what we do. He gave us the rules and the free will to decide what we do.

  4. Chris

    Maybe you ought to learn a bit about the science and biology of this before you start publishing things like “fankenfish” and such. Stoking peoples fear without knowing what the hell you are talking about is irresponsible.

    Chris

    1. Becky Striepe

      I guess that what I find irresponsible is that we’re endangering the biodiversity of our food supply with GE foods. We have no idea the true long term effects of these organisms will have on our ecosystems, yet big ag and the FDA seem in a rush to approve and market them.

  5. jlb

    The public has no say in anything anymore. Big money and corporate rules are replacing the ten commandments in the courthouses. What else is new. Advertisments sell you a $12,000 car that really costs you $31,000, because the money people say that if you are not a liar you are not to be considered able to compete.
    Genetically modified foods will do great damage. Seed stocks are dissapearing behind corporate gates and the patents go into the file cabinets. It is no stretch to imagine somebody with a DNA test kit on the dock when you pull in after fishing to check if the fish you caught is a corporation’s personal property. Corporations must be salivating, the entire ocean full of fish that belong to them, and fishing not allowed except by exclusive license. It is madness and stupidity on a scale that staggers the mind.

    And the scientists will always be saying the same thing. I do not know what everyone else is doing, but there is nothing dangerous about this lab and the work we are doing. Trust me.
    Sorry, I do not.

    What I see is America, headed like a car at high speed, into a cement wall and disaster. I hate to think that way about my country, but common sense is no longer common, and greed acting in the name of public service is the order of the day.

    I do not think it will end well.

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