TELL W.C. NOT TO FIELDS THIS
Temecula, CA – As predicted, all hell is breaking loose politically upon people's individual freedoms. It isn't just Fast Track and TPP, it isn't just the tobacco science of the 'Monsanto flipflop' that Coke did to deny the HFCS obesity conclusion, now the DARK Act passed by one house of Congress has given to green light for one of the nation's premier food grocers to possibly carry GMO Salmon in a market test run on its customers nationwide.
Though the world is evil and perhaps Monsanto is taking out the trash per God's Will, still despite hearing from more than 300,000 consumers, including petition signers from Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and other advocacy groups, the big-box chain won’t commit to rejecting GMO salmon. Past stories concerning Frankenfish can be archived at this website. Past GMO lies are available in a two volume set by Brett Wilcox, titled "We're Monsanto" Feeding The World, Lie After Lie, Amazon.
Costco, which is building sales by catering to cost-conscious organic food consumers, likes to promote itself as a purveyor of “sustainable seafood.” We thought that 300,000 signatures and a letter explaining the health and environmental hazards of GMO salmon would win over CEO W. Craig Jelinek. Unfortunately, it didn’t. So we’re asking consumers all across the country to step up the pressure.
The FDA has not yet approved what would be the first genetically engineered animal destined for grocery stores and restaurants, in part because of accusations that the AquaBounty Technologies Inc. has intentionally downplayed the potential of its AquAdvantage salmon to contaminate wild salmon populations.
Michael Hansen, PhD, senior scientist with the Consumers Union, the advocacy and policy arm of Consumer Reports, called the FDA's Environmental Assessment (EA) (released in December 2013) of GE salmon "flawed and inadequate." According to Hansen, the EPA’s assessment states that genetically engineered salmon will be adapted "to feeding on synthetic aquaculture diets." The FDA didn't explain what it meant by "synthetic aquaculture" or make any investigation into what the genetically engineered salmon would eat. Conventional farmed salmon can be fed byproducts from poultry processing, such as feathers, necks and intestines, and genetically modified soy and canola.
Some of the risks associated with genetically engineered salmon include:
1. Potential harm to human health. The FDA has allowed this fish to move forward based on tests of allergenicity of only six GE fish. Even with such limited testing, the results showed an increase in allergy-causing potential, according to Hansen. AquAdvantage also contains elevated levels of the growth hormone, IGF-1, which is linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers.
2. Potential harm to wild salmon population. Only 95% of the AquAdvantage salmon may be sterile, the rest fertile. Plus, the fish at the egg production facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada, will not be sterile. The FDA says the likelihood of the GE salmon escaping into the wild is "extremely remote" but gave little reassuring evidence to support that assumption. According to studies, the frankenfish eat five times more food than wild salmon, and have less fear of predators. All it would take is for some of these frankenfish to escape, and the world's wild salmon population would be at risk.
3. Less nutritious. GE salmon contains fewer Omega-3 fatty acids than non-GE salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids are the "good" fat which has important health benefits.
Already more than 60 grocery retailers including Safeway, Kroger and Trader Joe’s have said no to GMO Salmon even if FDA approves it. If Costco truly wants to be a leader in sustainable seafood, the company should reject GMO salmon, which is clearly not sustainably raised.
JOIN THE WEEK OF ACTION: Visit your local Costco between August 29 – September 6 and tell them to say NO to GMO salmon! Sign up here, and we’ll send you instructions and materials.