Despite public outcry and scientific evidence to the contrary, many say that an FDA approval of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon looms large on the horizon.
Consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch recently acquired numerous internal documents and emails from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish & Wildlife Service that expose scientists’ startling concerns regarding AquaBounty salmon.
Anticipating that the FDA will live up to its reputation of ignoring the public’s desire for food safety and transparent labeling of GMOs, lawmakers from Alaska, Oregon and Washington have introduced a backup plan to protect American consumers and wild fish populations.
Earlier this year, U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) introduced a bill that would ban frankenfish entirely (Bill# S. 230/H.R. 521).
Or, if that fails, an alternate bill (Bill# S. 229/H.R. 520) would require companies to at least put a sticker on any product that contains frankenfish to let Americans know what they are eating.
“Frankenfish are uncertain and unnecessary,” said Rep. Young. “The assessments of these ‘fish’ are flawed at best and the threat to the population of our wild salmon stock is unacceptable.
“Additionally, consumers have the right to know that they are eating a supposedly sterile fish spliced with the growth hormone of a Chinook and the genetic code of an ocean pout. We cannot allow these alien fish to infect our stocks and I will put forth every effort to ensure they stay in the labs where they belong. I choose Alaskan wild salmon every time.”
In addition to Begich, Murkowski and Young, the bill to ban GMO fish is co-sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) and the bill requiring labeling, should GE fish get approved, is co-sponsored by Sen. Murray and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).
TAKE ACTION! Friends of the Earth has endorsed both these bills as a way to protect people from the dangers of genetically engineered foods, and asks you to show these brave lawmakers your support:
Click HERE to write your members of Congress and urge them to protect the environment, fishers, and consumers by co-sponsoring the anti-frankenfish bills!
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