Sunday, June 27, 2010

Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table

If genetically modified salmon leaked into the general population, the natural species would be extinct in something like 40 generations. And then of course there won't be a salmon alive that isn't owned by a corporation, no matter where in the world it's found. And you will be eating poison, with no right to know whether you're eating natural or GMO salmon. Go ahead and call the FDA. Give them your most impassioned spiel about tampering with nature and the health risks associated with GMO's. I'm sure the lobbyists and lawyers for Big Agra and Big Pharma will listen intently.

And then enjoy a hearty laugh at your expense after you hang up.

    New York Times -

    The Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate.

    The developer of the salmon has been trying to get approval for a decade. But the company now seems to have submitted most or all of the data the F.D.A. needs to analyze whether the salmon are safe to eat, nutritionally equivalent to other salmon and safe for the environment, according to government and biotechnology industry officials. A public meeting to discuss the salmon may be held as early as this fall.

    Some consumer and environmental groups are likely to raise objections to approval. Even within the F.D.A., there has been a debate about whether the salmon should be labeled as genetically engineered (genetically engineered crops are not labeled).

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