Over this holiday season the FDA quietly stated that genetically engineered salmon is safe for human consumption and the AquAdvantage Salmon, an Atlantic salmon with a rapid-growth phenotype that has been developed over the past 15 years may soon be in our grocer’s cases. The FDA did add that it would take public comments for 60 days before finally deciding on whether or not to approve the salmon. But who gets the invite? Who is this panel of people that gets to state their case?
The latest in a long line of altered foods being sold to us is created by AquaBounty Technologies. They’ve taken an Atlantic salmon and crossed it with the genes from an Ocean Pout and a Chinook salmon. The Ocean Pout
transfers its ‘anti-freeze’ gene which allows the fish to grow year round and the Chinook gene promotes the growth of the Ocean Pout gene so the modified
salmon grows incredibly fast decreasing the company’s time-to-market. How
splendid for them.
The fish are being produced in Canada, shipped to Panama to grow, then on to the United States for retail sale. Of course the arguments have been made of the dangers but AquaBounty makes their case saying there are no risk because of the ‘redundant’ protective levels in place – screens, filters and, hot water and chemicals to kill them if they do get past their ‘redundant’ levels of protection. I found it interesting how they continuously called the protection redundant. They also say the waters surrounding the production site are inhabitable for the early stage of salmon life, and the waters around the grow-out site are inhabitable for late stage salmon.
Educate yourself. This is the environmental assessment by AquaBounty presented to the FDA - http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/
This is an article on diseases found in GM fish- http://healthfreedoms.
And this is one for all my ice cream lovers. Unilever stated back in 2006 that it would look into using the Ocean Pout gene in order to improve the consistency and storage properties of its ice cream brands which include Bryer’s, Good Humor, Klondike, Popsicle, Magnum, and Ben & Jerry’s (which just may be exempt because of its’ B-Corporation status but that’s a whole other story for you to read about) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/
The government and corporations say that in order to feed the growing numbers of us, food has to be manufactured. In 2006, the world consumed approximately 110.4 million metric tons of fish, with almost half of that coming from commercial aquaculture. To meet the increasing demands in light of declining stocks and diminishing capture of wild fish, the Food and Agricultural Organization says that commercial aquaculture will need to expand significantly. They estimated that by 2030, annual commercial production will need to increase by an additional 28.8 million metric tons in order to maintain per capita fish consumption at current levels.
I know this may not be a popular statement but our population is growing every day while land mass is not. Our food supplies are dwindling due to overgrowth and waste! There’s constant building sprawling across more land and more and more garbage being dumped into the ocean and buried underground. We’re creating a very toxic environment in which to live. So what do we do? The government has its own source of population control – GM foods. We all know they cause diseases which at one point were slowly killing us but oh how times have changed. I am going to go so far to say that these mass shootings can be traced back to the fact we have a whole segment of people who are severely disconnected. They communicate only via email, drive-thru, ATM,
stare at computer screens all day, play games, eat frozen dinners, microwave popcorn, fast-food, suck down Monster drinks, Red Bull, and Big Gulps.They have never touched or ingested anything real and obviously, we are not designed for this.
What are we going to do people? I’m not asking any one person alone to stand up to Monsanto or AquaBounty but everyone has to do their part. Start at home by planting a small garden, even a window box, and requiring family time with no electronics. Have dinner, preferably something fresh, talk,
play, or laugh. Just do it together.
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