STOP FRANKENFISH FROM COMING TO MARKET
URGENT! FRANKENFISH coming to your grocery store soon unless you take action now! Send your comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft environmental assessment (EA) of AquaBounty’s application for a genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic Salmon. Comment period ends April 26, 2013.
Ask your grocery stores to pledge not to sell genetically modified animals. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Won’t Sell GM Salmon | Mother Jones – They along with Aldi’s have pledged not to sell what could become the first genetically modified animal to reach the nation’s dinner plates–a salmon engineered to grow about twice as fast as normal.
Call your elected officials to let them know you oppose genetically modified fish being approved by FDA.
Public Comment Period on Genetically Modified Salmon Ends April 26, 2013
Comment Today: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-N-0899-0685
U.S. FDA Extends Comment Period on AquAdvantage Salmon Documents
U.S. Federal Register Notices:
April 22, 2013: Notes & Links on Farmed & “Genetically Engineering Salmon”
Huffington Post – January 16, 2013
Forbes Magazine – December 28, 2012
FDA AquaBounty Draft Environmental Assessment Summary
December 19, 2012 | Genetic Literacy Project
The four leaked pages of the April 19, 2012 FDA AquaBounty Draft Environmental Assessment Summary. Click on the images to expand them or right-click and open link in new tab to view at their highest resolution. = Visit the link below:
“…One of the biggest concerns is the amount of food required to raise farmed salmon. It generally takes three pounds of wild fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon. The environmental impact of salmon farming is still increasing as global production continues to rise.
Most salmon are farmed in open pens and cages in coastal waters. Waste from these farms is released directly into the ocean. Parasites and diseases from farmed salmon can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms and escaping farmed salmon can harm wild populations. As a result, all salmon farmed in ocean net pens get an “Avoid” ranking.
However, some salmon farmers are making changes to improve their practices. So far, one change has proven successful—raising U.S. freshwater coho using inland tank-based, closed systems. Closed systems reduce environmental risks by containing pollution, disease, parasites and reducing fish escapes and result in a “Best Choice” ranking.
Look for wild-caught salmon or clearly labeled U.S.-farmed freshwater coho salmon. For now, “Avoid” farmed Atlantic salmon…”