Saturday, April 27, 2013
Did you know that the government was taking comments on whether to allow genetically modified salmon to be marketed? But the comment period ended April 26-yesterday! Argghh!
These salmon are larger and grow faster than normal salmon. There is every indication that they would over power the native salmon and wipe them out. The companies that want to promote the GMO salmon say they will keep them contained in pens off shore. Like I believe that is even possible.
Salmon-300x125GE salmon have been altered to produce growth hormones at all times, allowing the fish to grow faster and bigger than natural salmon. The FDA has not conducted any safety testing, and merely assumes that the genetically engineered salmon is safe to eat.
The FDA has also not considered the potential ecological and economic impacts of approving genetically engineered salmon. Salmon are an integral part of the ecosystem, and the accidental escape of genetically engineered salmon could devastate populations of native salmon, as well as the fish and marine mammals that depend on salmon for their food. Scientists have predicted that escaped GE salmon would likely wipe out wild salmon populations, which will destroy the livelihood of coastal communities that depend on fishing.
I found this information in the cornucopia.org newsletter. You can read more at one of these: