Tell Obama to Stop Frankenfish!

Via on Sep 16, 2010
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Yet another reason to go vegan. Watch this.

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How you can help…

  1. Send a letter via Food & Watch! Easy!!
  2. Share this post far and wide!
  3. Call the Obama Administration directly at 202-456-1111. Tell them your name, where you’re from, and then simply ask that President Obama direct the FDA not to approve genetically engineered salmon.

What you wanted to know about genetically engineered fish, but were afraid to ask…

The biotechnology industry has genetically engineered (GE) a fish that grows at twice the normal rate, so it can get to market sooner and make more money, faster. If approved, this GE salmon would be the first “transgenic” animal allowed into our food supply.

The FDA doesn’t even do its own testing of genetically engineered animals: it relies on information provided by the company that wants approval. (I find that very comforting).

Since GE salmon are being considered as a new animal drug, the process isn’t focused on what happens to people who eat GE animals. So on top of the health concerns posed by raising salmon in crowded factory fish farms that rely on antibiotics and other chemicals, the FDA could be adding the unknown risks of GE salmon to the mix.

The FDA is the same agency in charge of overseeing the egg industry, and we see how well they’ve done that job. The FDA does not have the capacity to ensure the safety of food that is not genetically engineered so they certainly should not be in charge of allowing the first GE animal into our food supply.

Labeling is unlikely, so you might not even know you’re eating it.

Read Food & Water Watch’s September 9, 2010 press release.

Read about FDA committee meeting and public hearing to consider product safety, effectiveness and environmental benefits of GE salmon in this biotech.org article.

About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, and NYR, and has a voracious appetite for comedy. In her spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A "Green Diva" and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr & @myEARTH360) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.

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9 Responses to “Tell Obama to Stop Frankenfish!”

  1. Joseph Boquiren Joseph Boquiren says:

    We have Frankenchickens and GMO corn and soybeans. Now we have Frankenfish. What's next? Frankenpork? Frankenbeef?

  2. Kari Balakrishnan says:

    ^Joseph, not far off frankenpork, frankenbeef and frankenfood in general!

    Frankenhuman – consuming genetically modified mutant food will result in Frankenhumans – producing Frankenchildren – genetically modified mutant children with inbuilt chemical imbalance.

  3. Howie says:

    I agree Namastehon, the GM genie is out of the bottle.

  4. Bud Wilson Bud Wilson says:

    Thanks Lynn for your vigilance and continued work on behalf of our precious Earth! I think you'll like my latest post on Elephant: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/09/forest-tan

    We've got to be relentlessly relaxed and joyful in all of our efforts to awaken others to care as deeply as you do!

    All best wishes, Bud

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