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 USAóover 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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Mm M.
MmAway M4 years ago

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

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L4 years ago


Veselin Varbanov
Veselin Varbanov4 years ago

I say NO to Frankenfish!

Sybil G.
Sybil G4 years ago

"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?

May L.
May L.4 years ago


Haniel I.
Past Member 4 years ago

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.

Geoff P.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Signed. Thank you.