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FDA to Review Safety of GE Salmon

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The Food and Drug Administration will hold a hearing Monday to discuss the fate of genetically engineered salmon.

Specifically, the Atlantic salmon in question have been injected with growth hormones that will allow them to grow at twice the rate of conventional salmon, which normally take 30 months.

Although genetically engineered foods line the shelves of grocery stories already in the form of processed foods, the implications of the FDA ruling on whether or not GE salmon is safe are great – if approved, the GE salmon will be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption, which worries some critics.

According to the environmental advocacy group Center for Food Safety, the new transgenic salmon have a reduced ability to survive, meaning they will likely have to be given more antibiotics than other farm raised salmon, which already are given more antibiotics than other livestock by weight.  The group also contends that federal agencies are trying to regulate and govern biotechnology through laws written long before genetic engineering became reality.

Additionally, some fear that GE salmon will strain the ecosystem by competing with wild salmon for resources.  Citing research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, CFS that 60 fish released into a population of 60,000 wild salmon could “lead to the extinction of the wild population in less than 40 fish generations.”
 
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and WaterWatch tells CNN, “It’s impossible to talk about the risks other than saying they haven’t been properly assessed other than process has been rushed and we don’t know.”  She further added that the FDA is already a “stressed agency” because of recalls and outbreaks of late.

At the very least, environmental groups would like the FDA to further look into the threat to human health by demanding that further research be conducted to truly determine the efficacy of GE salmon. 
 




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Jawa on 09/20/2010 13:46:11
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They will cave to the big lobby as they do for the drug companies. These lobbyists have hobbled an otherwise solid governing architecture.

Somebody help us.
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courtney on 09/20/2010 13:47:53
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Genetically Modified Organisms are banned throughout Europe, and unfit for human consumption; if the FDA decides to approve GM Salmon, US consumers should never eat salmon again. The disastrous outcomes of Monsanto's suicide seeds and their effects on organic crops (not to mention insects like monarch butterflies) should be more than enough of a warning. Does the FDA work for consumers, or industry???
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drew on 09/20/2010 13:54:11
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the FDA, what a joke, they don't look after the safety of us, they look after the safety of food companies that give them their kickbacks. Crooks
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Lawrence Mannino on 09/20/2010 13:54:12
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General Electric makes salmon? Man, that's creepy! I mean, hey 'we bring good things to life' was a good jingle, but... Oh... that's just a poorly constructed headline...oh, ok...my bad...
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on 09/20/2010 14:23:22
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become vegetarian. problem solved.
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Me Myself and I on 09/20/2010 14:26:52
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Our Constitution specificaly states that the government (FDA Included) is an agent for the people. Not the other way around. Why are they not teaching this in depth to our children. Power is that of the people. Why don't we get a vote on it?
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CS on 09/20/2010 14:35:06
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They're genetically modified, they have genes from other fish, I believe from two other Salmon type fish. They are not 'Injected with Hormones' as this article erroneously implies.

I don't see how eating them could harm anyone, and have yet to hear an explanation for that view which is not stupid.

Harm to the environment, if they got out, is less clear.

On a side note, you can't buy plant food nowadays that isn't GM.
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Legend on 09/20/2010 14:37:41
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Collectively we will kill the native foods there are too many mouths to feed there are as many ten year olds in india as there are American citizens now. The genetics need a little human testing still. There are a few side effects.
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Jerry on 09/20/2010 14:47:10
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Monstrous. This will ruin the salmon species. I want the human race to be able to enjoy salmon for countless generations to come. This, if approved, will put that at such perilous risk, that I agree with the poster who said if this passes, I will not be eating salmon again.

What's next: molecularly modified air and water?

We are being served up as lab rats for the greed of food conglomerates.
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armandina on 09/20/2010 14:55:26
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So I heard on NPR radio that there is only two weeks for the public to say something? What exactly is this supposed to mean? Where are we suppose to establish our opinions so it counts. I am about to take it to HWY 10 like a nut and make my own billboard. Any Ideas?
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on 09/20/2010 15:05:05
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So, is it too fragile and needs some extra antibiotics, or is it so strong it will wipe out the wild species?
Critics should make up their minds...
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kitty on 09/20/2010 15:16:29
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I love salmon. I sure hope this doesn't become a reality.. I don't want to have to give up one of the most healthy foods around because the powers that be are now screwing that up too!!!
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on 09/20/2010 15:16:55
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What was that little phrase to live by? Oh that's right...It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature!
These salmon are just like everything else in our society: louder stereos, faster cars, more processed - sugared - salted and now quicker growing food. Leave well enough alone and cure cancer or something useful...
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khalil on 09/20/2010 15:38:34
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The word "injected" in the first paragraph is completely wrong and leads to extreme confusion of the issue. The growth factors are inherent to their genome. These fish cause the extinction of natural salmon in 40 generations. As for safety, just look at GM plants and the havoc they cause from sterility to hair growing inside mammalian mouths. Disgusting topic and crappy article.
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Raidah on 09/20/2010 17:15:55
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This article contradicts itself.

IF the modified fish is less likely to survive, how in the world is the wild fish going to have any problem outcompeting the modified version?

It's nowhere mentioned anything about inter-breeding. What if the common offspring of modified and wild fish has different survivability rates than either of them alone? Then you may end up with an even bigger problem and these 40 generations may be an overestimation.

There's no mention what part of the fish was modified - did they make it healthier, meatier, redder, bigger, smaller... What did they mix it with? Elephant? Cabbage? Or just other salmon species?

Ahh... journalists these days hardly have ANY clue what is it they are writing. Don't just blame the lobby - the whole chain of info-feeds is out of whack.
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