NO TO GMO SALMON!
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Natural Solutions Foundation, a leading voice for health and food freedom and justice, is proud to join the growing chorus demanding Congressional investigation and intervention in the FDA GMO Salmon Decision. FDA appears to be about to approve the first genetically modified food animal: http://www.rodale.com/genetically-modified-salmon-0.
A decision by the Government to allow experimental Genetically Modified Salmon into the Oceans would be a wreckless decision that we firmly oppose on the grounds of the Precautionary Principle, that commercial enterprises must not put products into the stream of commerce that are not fully and carefully vetted for safety. As has been the case with so many decsions by the United States Government, the Salmon Decision appears to be another example of “crony corporatism” at work.
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This is what the Organic Consumers Association told the FDA about GMO Salmon:
GE salmon should not be approved for human consumption based on the data FDA has collected from AquaBounty. The data does not show that GE salmon is similar enough to normal salmon to be considered safe.
The FDA’s policy of using the process for animal drugs to review GE animals is entirely inappropriate and needs to be replaced before people start eating genetically engineered animals.
But, putting that issue aside, OCA has a number of concerns about the accuracy and interpretation of the data FDA used as the basis for its decision that GE salmon is safe to eat.
First, it is important to note that the FDA did not require food safety data on genetically engineered salmon DNA.
The human health impacts of consuming the “AquaBounty construct” are unknown and are not being investigated. Since 1992, the FDA has operated under the legal fiction that there is no risk associated with the human consumption of genetically engineered DNA. As the FDA explains, under this policy, because DNA is Generally Recognized as Safe, engineered DNA is considered safe, as well.
I’d like to call your attention to a human study conducted by the UK’s Food Standards Agency that found that a single meal of genetically engineered soy can result in “horizontal gene transfer,” where the bacteria of the gut takes up the soy’s modified DNA. Research must be done to determine whether this would happen to people who eat AquAdvantage Salmon and what the health implications would be.
Instead of researching the safety of consuming GE salmon DNA, the FDA food safety review was a simple quacks-like-a-duck-style comparison of GE and normal salmon for hormone levels, nutrition and allergenic potency. Even using this elementary analysis, the data used to support the FDA’s conclusion that GE salmon is similar enough to normal salmon to be considered safe is seriously flawed.
We urge you to send your message to your Congressional Representatives here: http://tinyurl.com/NoFrankenFish.
Yours for health freedom,
General Bert Stubblebine, President
Doctor Rima Laibow MD, Medical Director
Ralph Fucetola JD, Counsel