Update GMO Salmon – Feds say GM Salmon won’t be labeled.

10/10/10 Update via Steve Dom with info from Dr. Douglass:

Feds say GM salmon won’t be labeled  

The feds are getting closer to approving genetically modified frankenfish for your dinner table… and if they give the OK, they don’t even want you to know when you’re eating one. Consumer groups are calling for labels to identify the mutant salmon in the supermarket… but the FDA says you can take your labels and stick ’em.

That’s right — these hypocrites who are such sticklers for warning labels when it comes to all-natural products now claim that these new salmon are no different from any other salmon, so they don’t need labels.

But let me tell you what’s really going on here, because this obviously isn’t about your rights as a consumer. The only right you have is the right to remain silent: Shut up and eat!

No, this is about the rights of the industry.

As I told you last week, the FDA is making these decisions in secret and keeping important data under wraps.
They came right out and said they had an obligation to protect the company’s “trade secrets.”

And now, it looks like they have an obligation to protect the company’s marketing, too — because they know that “GM” are the new scarlet letters, and consumers won’t buy any fish branded with them.

But that’s not even the worst part of this — because skipping the labels will also allow the FDA to play “see no evil” if these fish sicken people when they do reach the market.

After all, you can’t claim you got sick on a GM fish if you never knew you were eating one in the first place.

Making this catch-22 the catch of the day,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

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Previously: “Far from being a benefit to consumers or the environment, this merely allows factory fish farms to double production rates,” said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety.  

From AOL News: During a happy hour conversation with AOL News at the annual International Food Technologies conference in Chicago last month, two food microbiologists, two research chefs and a market analyst talked about genetically modified animals.   They knew of efforts by AquaBounty with the salmon, of two other labs that had jiggled DNA to get quick-growing jumbo shrimp and tilapia, and a third, somewhere on the New Hampshire or Maine coast, that had done something genetically to significantly shorten the seven years it takes lobsters to grow to a legal size.  

 

Two thought the time had come to use this technology to produce cheaper, healthier andfaster-to-market meat, poultry and fish. The other three predicted that they’d never see itin their lifetime. More to follow, including expert opinions, FDA contact information, and what animals think of genetically altered food. In the meantime, a quick 2 minute video which explains this craziness:    

Link To FDA (for additional information) and instructions for comments.  If you don’t already know, yes there are several genetically modified (GMO) animals being created by various bio tech companies to be used  for medical purposes, for body parts, ligaments, tissues, etc.. However, when it comes to our FOOD, the irresponsible food chain has to stop somewhere. And, I think most people agree there needs to be a very BOLD LINE between real and modified food!  By the nature of the words “genetically modified” it means it’s “not natural”, moreover, different.  

Whole food is baseline to good health, it is supposed to  provide our foundational nutrition and now along with “processing”, “additives”, “enhancements”,the abhorrent practice of “genetic modification” of so much of our produce today, now we’re moving right along to FISH? Moreover, why?  Because they grow bigger?

Are we so complacent a people that the FDA doesn’t need to find good reason anymore,  or is it that this kind of negligent decision making can and does go on silently, with us finding out too late?  And regardless, if so, why, and who benefits?   

See previous blog post: Do we really want Genetically Engineered Salmon? Frankenfish or Aqua Advantage Fish? What is GMO? In addition, there is a good segment on the difference between wild salmon and farm salmon.  

Further, studies show that animals will walk away rather than eat GMO food (see example in article excerpt below), so why should we be expected to eat it, and further why would the FDA approve it? Certainly not because it’s a healthier option.  

You can help save the wild fish and the oceans instead of allowing the biotech industry to brainwash us into believing that industrial fish farms and genetic engineering represent the future of food.  

Write to the FDA and at the very least, require labels and adequate pre-market safety-testing of GMOs.  Division of Dockets Management Food and Drug Administration5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852  

MUST reference Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0385.  

Phone: 301 827 1050      Fax 301 827 6870       

Email: fdadockets@oc.fda.gov  Link To FDA (for additional information) and instructions for comments.  

Before It’s News Reports….”‘As the FDA stands poised to approve genetically modified (GM) salmon safe for public consumption, the next logical question concerns how GM salmon would be labeled. Would the fish come with a large red warning that says, “Genetically modified salmon”?  

As it turns out, no. In fact, the FDA has already gone on the record stating it will not require any special labeling of genetically modified salmon. You, the consumer, just have to take a wild guess because you’re not allowed to know what you’re really eating.  

The biotech industry takes this absurdity one step further by claiming that labeling GM foods would just “confuse” consumers.

David Edwards, the director of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, explained it in this way: “Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,” he says. “It differentiates products that are not different”.’  

And…according to Natural News, “The trouble with this FDA hucksterism is that the people aren’t as stupid as the FDA thinks, and they aren’t going to be fooled by this genetically engineered salmon. That’s because the minute the FDA approves this Frankenfish, NaturalNews.com and a long list of other websites are going to alert the whole world to the simple truths of the matter:  

Truth #1) Genetically engineered salmon is different from regular salmon.  

Truth #2) The FDA is going out of its way to make sure GM salmon isn’t accurately labeled.  This is a Frankenfood cover-up, pure and simple, and the public is going to be outraged that the FDA would introduce a genetically engineered fish into the food supply without even requiring it to be accurately labeled!  

Doctors & Animals Both Tell Us NOT TO EAT GMO ! In fact, Pigs won’t go near GMO Corn, yet in U.S., we eat GMO unkowningly?….Plus…when lab animals do eat GMO it’s not pretty!

From Bajan Global Report: The farmer grinned as he told the visitor, “Watch this!” He called his pigs, which ran frantically towards him to be fed. But when he scooped out corn and threw it on the ground, the pigs sniffed it and then looked up at the farmer with confused expectation.   The farmer then scooped corn from another bin and flung it near the pigs, which ran over and quickly devoured it.  

The farmer said, “The first corn is genetically engineered. They won’t touch it.”  It’s not just pigs that swear off genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In South Africa, Strilli Oppenheimer’s chickens won’t eat genetically modified (GM) corn. Most buffalo in Haryana, India, refuse cottonseed cakes if made from GM cotton plants. Geese migrating through Illinois only munched sections of the soybean field that was non-GMO. When given a choice, elk, deer, raccoons, and rats all avoided GMOs. And even during the coldest days of Iowa winter, squirrels, which regularly devour natural corn, refused to touch the GM variety.  

One skeptical farmer who read about the squirrels wanted to see for himself if it was true. He bought a bag full of GM corn ears, and another of non-GM, and left them in his garage till winter. But by the time he fetched the bags, mice had done the experiment for him. They broke into the natural corn bag and finished it; the GM cobs were untouched.  

No one knows why the animals refuse GMOs, but according to a 2009 statement by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), when lab animals do eat GM feed, it’s not pretty.

“Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” says the AAEM policy paper, which specifically cited infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, among the impacts of eating GMOs. “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects,” they wrote. “There is causation…”  

Although we humans don’t have a natural sense to stay away from GM foods, AAEM’s position indicates that we should take a lesson from the animals. This renowned medical organization, which first recognized such dangers as food allergies, chemical sensitivity, and Gulf War Syndrome, called on all physicians to prescribe non-GMO diets to all patients.¹ They also called for a moratorium on GMOs, long-term independent studies, and labeling.

About Maralinehttp://www.pHBodyBalance.comMaraline is internationally recognized as a pH Body Balance and Nutritional Products Specialist, and has written many related articles, appears on radio and guest speaks at many events. "Small Changes That Make The Biggest Difference" in the quality of your life. AND...."Let's not "substitute" but let us "replace," with better tasting foods and drinks that are better for you, and most importantly, provide better results!" "Your body has intelligence, point it in the right direction, and YOU will follow!"

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