Hook, Line and Sinker?
There’s nothing good to be said for fish raised on “farms.” Period. Many fish farms feed
genetically engineered soy and canola, not to mention feathers, necks
and intestines leftover from poultry processors. That can’t be healthy
for the fish. Or the people who eat them.
But now the U.S. Food
& Drug Administration is close to making matters worse, by approving
the first genetically engineered salmon.
The list of reasons to
reject genetically engineered salmon is long. Risk to our health. Risk
to the wild salmon population. Risk to the environment. And most
recently, complaints that the AquaAdvantage Salmon’s creator,
AquaBounty, is mismanaging its experimental facility in Panama, where the company plans to grow and process its frankenfish creation.
At least 30 House
members and 14 senators have lodged concerns with the FDA over its
intent to approve AquaBounty’s GE salmon. Will the FDA heed them, and
the 90 percent of consumers who say they don’t want frankenfish? Or will
the agency charged with the safety of our food buy biotech’s story,
instead . . . hook, line and sinker?