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GM Salmon Secretly Filled With Eel DNA? Anyone For Dinner?

GM Salmon Secretly Filled With Eel DNA?  Anyone For Dinner?
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I demand the right to know what I am eating. Why should that be such a problem?

For a decade, Monsanto has been selling genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds to farmers. Some has already made its way into processed food and is sold to consumers without any labeling. Shockingly, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, an estimated 80% of processed food sold in the U.S. contains GMO ingredients.

Genetically Modified Salmon In Your Local Supermarket

Now, genetically modified (GM) crops are poised to move into supermarket produce sections and farmers markets. The first GM fish, AquAdvantage salmon, which has been engineered with eel genes that grow to maturity twice as fast as normal, could soon be at fish counters.

“FDA should require labeling to insure that any unexpected or unintended effects of engineering this salmon, the first GE animal to request a New Animal Drug Approval, come to FDA attention,” said Dr.Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union.  “Recently certain drugs approved by FDA as safe have turned out to have unexpected health effects after they were widely used by consumers. It is essential to label a GE animal so that any unexpected effects will be recognized and consumer health protected.”

The very limited data the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has collected on GM foods mean there is a possibility of increased allergic reactions, and ecologists are worried that if these fish escape from their ocean net pens they could wipe out natural salmon.

Current FDA rules only call for labels for altered food when there is a “material difference” in the product’s end result. The Consumers’ Union disagrees with both FDA’s assertion that genetic engineering itself does not, in and of itself, constitute a “material” difference under the law and also with their definition of what constitutes a “material” difference.

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6:34AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Just label them! Simple.

7:32PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

There is something wrong with our government when it does not address this issue. I also want to know what I am feeding my family. That so many others believe as I do is promising. One solution is to plant your own food as much as possible, but be careful of the seeds you buy. Mankind has been changing the planet and somethings got to give because of it.

7:33AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Is it any wonder why people are sick and can't figure out why?? Even if you are careful what you eat! This could Cause Problems way down the Road! Older People, Kids growing, Just Everyone!! They don't eat this? They have us do it!! They have families too! May be they should test it there first!! They would look at it different!

2:56PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Disgusting! We deserve to know everything that is in our food!

8:58AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Petition signed! We have so many health problems already from perservatives & additives do we really need to add this to the mix!?!?!?!?!

10:44AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Registrar Corp agrees completely! The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), which amended the FFDCA requires most foods to bear specific nutrition and ingredient labeling and requires food, beverage, and dietary supplement labels that bear nutrient content claims and certain health messages to comply with specific requirements. We want to ensure everyone knows exactly what they are eating.

7:40AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Incidentally, I don't know why my comments keep including a link to another care2 article.

7:38AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

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I'm not saying one way or the other about this specific matter, but it's useless and very frustrating hearing so many people flustering about things they don't (and haven't even tried to) understand. So many people hear words like "genes", "genetics", "science", "experiment" and think of wild science fiction and 'meddlesome mad scientists'. The reason I don't tend to comment on political issues is because I'm often ignorant of them, so I rightly keep my mouth shut. I wish people would either follow suit or go out and learn.

(Again) I'd recommend anyone to watch this documentary that has a lot to say on these matters (in 7 parts):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQsbhVGCjK4

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/golden-rice-and-other-gmo-fairy-tales.html#ixzz1b398Y6zU

7:35AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Of course, they should!

7:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Creepy!

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