And, perhaps equally shocking, the FDA relied on data from the company that produces the FrankenSalmon to determine its safety for human consumption.† Does this make sense to anyone other than FDA staff?† Allowing the company that stands to profit from the GM salmon to provide the safety data is a conflict of interest and corrupt.
Still worse, any organizations selling the salmon, beets, corn, or alfalfa will not require the labeling of these genetically-modified foods.† While the USDA and FDA donít think we deserve the right to choose what we put into our bodies, I think we require this basic freedom.† And, a New York Times/CBS poll showed that 87% of people agree and want GM-foods labeled.
Bittman indicates that alfalfa cross-breeding is guaranteed and likely with corn as well. When that happens, it could spell huge losses to the organic dairy industry since many dairy cows eat dried alfalfa hay.† Alfalfa contamination means that the milk or meat of cows that eat it will no longer be organic.
As for the FrankenSalmon, AquaBounty, the creator of this so-called food, claims that it isnít possible for the GM-salmon to cross with wild salmon, but others donít agree.† And, their financial interests make it difficult to accept their word at face-value.† If FrankenSalmon is approved, the floodgates are open for new, experimental mutant foods.† Who knows the implications of this scary, but likely, scenario?† Only time will tell.