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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Genetically Enhanced Salmon

I received an email about this topic yesterday and I thougth I'd share it with you:
We have 10 days before the FDA meets to discuss AquAdvantage Salmon (genetically modified) salmon. We want to deliver 10,000 signatures opposing the approval of this fish - will you please add your name to the petition today?

AquAdvantage salmon are genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year-round, creating a fish that the company claims grows at twice the normal rate.

Without conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment, the FDA has announced that it will potentially approve AquAdvantage salmon as the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption. They're counting on approving the GE salmon as a 'drug,' making it infinitely easier to pass through. The FDA is not even opening up for comments about its speedy approval of this new food, instead it's holding a short comment period about the LABELING of this salmon.
The health impact of eating genetically modified fish are entirely unknown. The FDA has NOT studied the long-term trials on the fish and with very little evidence, has deemed the fish 'safe to eat.' Even more alarming, the FDA has given very little evidence of these studies over to the public, excluding anything claimed by AquaBounty as "confidential business information."

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.

We will deliver your comments IN PERSON to a meeting that the FDA is having about this issue on September 19th. That's only 10 days away! Can you please add your voice and say no to approving genetically engineered salmon?
We're down to 9 days now.  If you want to sign the petition against these modified fish, click here.

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