You may have read the recent headlines referring to the genetically engineered Salmon, dubbed the “Franken-Fish.” Of course, its official name is a slightly more majestic: the AquAdvantage.
If not, let me enlighten you a little bit.
“The AquAdvantage salmon has been given a gene from the ocean pout, an eel-like fish, and a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon.”
Why? So that it grows bigger faster. The ocean pout (a completely different species) can withstand very cold water. So they mixed some of this fish in with the regular salmon so that the cold water will not delay its growth like it normally does, and the salmon will continue to grow year-round. The photos clearly show that the modern modified salmon is twice the size of a regular salmon at the same age. Of course, this will make the folks who sell these frankenfish more money….or, I’m sure they’ll lead the public to believe: “save YOU money”. Which should make you feel warm and fuzzy all over and want to rush out to buy some.
This week , the FDA is set to approve this fish for human consumption. And not only that, but to decide whether or not it will need to carry a label identifying it as being genetically engineered.
If no label is deemed necessary, you will have absolutely no idea what you are buying or being served when you buy salmon. And if this goes forward, there will be other animals soon to follow.
It’s just plain WRONG.
We have a right to know what we are being offered so that we can decide if we want it or not.
It’s the same reason I feel strongly about fluoride in the water (we can’t choose to not use it) and lies perpetrated by the medical community about vaccines (we can’t make educated decisions if we are not offered the truth).
If scientists want to mess with the way things were designed to come up with something better, they have that right. But I should also have the right to NOT use those perversions. I should be able to eat plain old fashioned fruits and vegetables (yes, even CORN) without it having been “messed with” and I should certainly be able to CHOOSE whether I want to eat these monsters or not.
By the way, according to The Washington Post, the FDA not only might NOT label those things that ARE genetically modified, it also opposes labels on things that point out that they are NOT genetically modified.
The biotechnology industry is opposed to mandatory labeling, saying it will only bewilder a public that is not well informed about genetic engineering.
“Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,” said David Edwards, director of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. “It differentiates products that are not different. As we stick more labels on products that don’t really tell us anything more, it makes it harder for consumers to make their choices.”
The FDA defends its approach, saying it is simply following the law, which prohibits misleading labels on food. And the fact that a food, in this case salmon, is produced through a different process, is not sufficient to require a label.
Did you catch that? They don’t want us to be confused. They don’t want us to think there’s anything different between those things that have been modified and those that have not, because they “are not different”.
But they ARE different to ME.
What do you think? Are they different to you? Even if scientists can “prove” that they are the “same”?