365 Ways #359–Frankenfish Posted on December 26, 2010, 0 Comments
#359--With 91% of Americans opposed to the introduction of Genetically Engineered (GE) seafood and meat into the U.S. food supply, you would think that our government would nip this potential catastrophe in the bud. But common sense walks when money talks. Research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the release of just sixty GE fish into a wild population of 60,000 would lead to the extinction of the wild population in less than forty fish generations. Yet despite this evidence, the FDA is in the process of approving the FIRST EVER GE animal intended for human consumption. Produced (not raised) by a company called AquaBounty, AquAdvantage Salmon is a "fish" which has been modified to produce growth hormone year-round in an effort to grow at twice the normal rate. Sounds like cancer, right? But who's listening to what we think?
Well, perhaps the FDA will if you send them your comments. And your congressman needs your vote. Forty of them have already heard your voice and the voice of reason, demanding the FDA address critical flaws in its approval process. Restaurants, grocery stores, and food companies all listen to consumer demand. So if you're concerned with the lack of scientific evidence demonstrating the safety of GE salmon on human health or the environmental impact this experiment could have on our entire ecosystem, let your voice be heard. Go to http://ge-fish.org/ and get involved.