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Tell Supermarkets No to Frankenfish

Tell Supermarkets No to Frankenfish

It’s time to take a stand and tell major U.S. supermarkets to boycott  genetically engineered salmon commonly referred to as “Frankenfish.”  Many major stores, including Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have  already agreed to not sell the genetically engineered fish. The call is now going out to several other supermarkets, like Safeway to do the same.

The FDA is currently in the process of deciding whether or not the  genetically modified salmon will be allowed on the market. If “Frankenfish” is approved, it could appear in stores as early as 2014 and would be the first genetically engineered animal determined safe for consumption. Several petitions online are calling for the ban of genetically modified salmon based on the potential personal and environmental harm the production and consumption of the fish could cause.

“Frankenfish” are engineered to grow to market size in just 16-18 months  compared to the usual 30 months required. Due to this accelerated growth,  the fish contain elevated levels of a growth hormone that has previously  been linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers. Limited testing has  also shown an increase in the salmon’s potential to cause allergies. There is also concern that “frankenfish” will overrun native fish populations. These are certainly major concerns if the modified salmon are allowed to be sold  in stores, spurring online petitions and outcries. Safeway in particular  has been in the hot seat for not making a statement against the sale of  genetically modified salmon, though they have responded to some angry  posts on their Facebook page.

“We are committed to providing our customers with seafood from wild and  farmed sources that minimize harm to the ecosystems from which they were  acquired. These long standing efforts have been consistently recognized by Greenpeace USA—over the last three years, we have been ranked #1 or #2 on  the Greenpeace Retailer Scorecard. Over the last several weeks, we have  been reviewing information about genetically engineered (GE) salmon  provided by various stakeholders. Safeway does not carry genetically  engineered salmon and the FDA has not yet approved GE salmon for sale. We  do not have plans to sell GE salmon,” wrote a customer support representative.

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3:18PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Gag~ I know this article was done back in June...Going to check to see if the petition is still open! TU

3:06AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanks for sharing

4:15AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

10:38AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Signed!

10:26PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

I say NO to Frankenfish!

7:32AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

"Wheat was genetically modified in the 50's and 60's to create a variety that grows more bushels per acre and to be pesticide resistant amongst other things. It now has 42 chromosomes instead of 14. When it was genetically modified, a shot gun approach was used to mutate the genome until the desired mutation occurred. However, in the process, the gliadin part of the gluten molecule became more toxic. This is important because the gliadin molecule immitates narcotics in the brain. It has affinity for the same receptors in the brain that narcotics do. This matters because studies show that people who take narcotics for a prescription, eat on average, 400 calories more per day than people who don't take narcotics.
... We have a food item, wheat (that is now in everything), that mimics narcotics. People feel euphoric on it. They become addicted to it. And finally, it stimulates them to eat more overall."

And that is what happens when scientists tinker with nature. No wonder so many people have become sensitive to wheat. And now they are doing it to fish? What next?

7:02AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

signed

6:12PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

I think fish eaters need to consider trying the carp that are choking our US river systems. A little lemon and butter and really can't tell the difference.

5:54PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

If the world is short of food it may not be such a bad idea

1:28PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Signed. Thank you.

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