9.21.2010

GMO Salmon? What?!

Please read a portion of the following article that came out on the Washington Post and do some research if you plan on eating salmon from now on.....just be aware...if the FDA approves this fake salmon to be sold and consumed in the market place, they will probably not require any labeling which would let the consumer know it was a GMO fish instead of a real one. If you are looking to satisfy your protein needs, add some legumes, seeds and nuts to your diet and rest assured that those foods, eaten on a regular basis, will provide enough protein.

Washington Post 9/20/10:

FDA hears concerns over approving genetically modified salmon

Environmental organizations, consumer groups and independent researchers assailed the plans of a Massachusetts company to market the first genetically modified animal as food in the United States - an Atlantic salmon - and argued at a public meeting Monday that federal regulators should deny permission.

"Science cannot prove that this new gene-spliced salmon is safe for human consumption over a long period of time," said Darrell Rogers of the Alliance for Natural Health. "This recklessly and needlessly endangers human health."

He made the comments at a meeting of a panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration, which is poised to make a landmark decision that could mark a turning point in the way American food is produced.

AquaBounty, the company seeking permission to market the fish in the United States, wants to incubate genetically modified eggs in Prince Edward Island, Canada, then ship them in plastic coolers to Panama. There they would be raised in land-based tanks and eventually processed before being transported to the United States for sale.

In developing its fish, AquaBounty took an Atlantic salmon and inserted a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon as well as an "antifreeze" gene from the ocean pout, a large, eel-like species. The result is a genetically modified fish that can grow to market size in 18 months instead of three years, according to AquaBounty. That means farmers can speed production and increase yields, the company said.

The advisory panel did not vote on the matter, but individual members offered a range of comments - sometimes conflicting - after two days of testimony from AquaBounty, the FDA and the public.

To continue reading article, please visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/20/AR2010092005967.html

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