Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Franken-Fish -- G.E. Salmon for dinner?

Genetically engineered food: It's becoming a heated debate and a dividing issue. Ok, maybe not to the masses, but for anyone interested in their health and the state of food production, it is. I fully plan on tackling this issue in a detailed post, but due to a lack of time on my part to write and the short time line we have to act on this most recent issue I'm just posting some information.


Here's some information from the non-profit, Food and Water Watch:

We Have 15 Days to Stop GE Salmon From Being Approved
Tell President Obama to Stop GE Salmon.

My stomach turns at the thought of eating something that's considered an animal drug, but that's exactly what could end up on my plate if genetically engineered (GE) salmon are approved. We've got 15 days to stop the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from approving GE salmon. Can you ask President Obama to stop FDA's approval of genetically engineered salmon?

Franken-Fish have won the race to be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption. The aquaculture industry has genetically engineered a fish that grows at twice the normal rate, so they can get it to market sooner and make more money.

The scary thing is, the FDA doesn't do its own testing of genetically engineered animals, it relies on information provided by the company that wants approval. And because GE salmon are being considered as a new animal drug, the process isn't focused on what happens to people who eat genetically engineered animals. So on top of the health concerns posed by raising salmon in crowded factory fish farms that rely on antibiotics and other chemicals, the FDA could be adding the unknown risks of GE salmon to the mix.

The FDA is the same agency that's in charge of overseeing the egg industry, and we see how well they've done that job. The FDA does not have the capacity to ensure the safety of food that is not genetically engineered, they certainly should not be in charge of allowing the first GE animal into our food supply.

We've got just 15 days until the FDA takes formal steps to approve GE salmon, so it's up to us to demand that President Obama direct the FDA to reject this request.

Take action to stop this mutant fish from reaching your plate:

Thanks for taking action,
Sarah Alexander
Outreach Director
Food & Water Watch

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