This is something that we all need to pay attention to, and stop….The FDA is considering approving GE (genetically engineered) salmon for human consumption. I don’t know about you, but I like my salmon to be 100% salmon, with no genes from other species….
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on August 25, 2010, that it will potentially approve the long-shelved AquAdvantage transgenic salmon as the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption. The GE Atlantic salmon being considered was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, and genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year-round, creating a fish the company claims grows at twice the normal rate. This could allow factory fish farms to crowd the salmon into pens and still get high production rates.”
Have your voice count to stop this before it is too late to save salmon, the real ones. Click here to have your voice heard that you are opposed to this-if you are.
There are a lot of reasons why we need to stop this…
These genetically engineered fish could escape the “farms” and mate with the real salmon and this could lead to their extinction. Imagine if this happens there could come a time when “real” salmon no longer exist…just genetically modified ones.
Fish raised in farms are very susceptible to disease and are fed antibiotics regularly (one important reason why it is best to only eat wild fish). It is believed that GE salmon may even be more susceptible to disease so they would be fed even more antibiotics to keep them “healthy”.
This transgenic fish will grow twice as fast thanks to excessively working hormones, but what will this mean for those who eat them? Will their hormones also start working overtime? We are seeing that products with chemicals that interfere with our hormone system can be really damaging, offsetting our bodies delicate balance. We are not meant to be exposed to so many chemicals in our lifetime.
Many scientists and doctors believe that endocrine disruptors could be the cause of neuro-developmental problems such as reduced IQ, ADHD and autism. Or maybe the excessive hormone production in these laboratory created salmon will have an effect like Xenoestrogens. These man made compounds have estrogenic effects but are chemically different from naturally occurring estrogen. Their human impact is still inder study but many believe that they are leading to reduced sperm counts, breast cancer cell growth and in fish, altered sex ratios, male fish just don’t develop or they become female. It is time for the public to say no to being part of an experiment.
Beyond the possibility that our hormones could go awry many doctors and scientists are speaking out about the danger in general that we face from eating genetically modified food, yet it is on our shelves and does not even have to be labeled.
We can stop buying genetically modified food and send letters or call companies advising them that we have stopped using their products for this reason. Walmart even stopped carrying milk that was from cows injected with rBGH. If enough people do this the companies will change–they just want to sell products and if we support non-GMO, organically grown food more and more will be available. It is up to us.
I think that it is time for us to stop manipulating nature and stop being a part of this. This step to approving GE salmon is a huge one and the ramifications are great and frightening. Let’s not let this genie out of the bottle, when we do not really know what could happen–too much is at stake.
Check this out and sign the petition if you agree. “The hearing for approving the salmon is scheduled for Sunday, September 19, and no public comment period has been established for the approval of genetically engineered fish outside of this meeting, so this may be our only chance to oppose this dangerous approval!”
You can also call the FDA, your representatives, hey call your President and let him know that you are quite satisfied with salmon as nature makes it and you don’t want the FDA to approve GE salmon…ever!