On Friday December 21, the US Food and Drug Administration released their final environmental assessment of the genetically modified Atlantic salmon for 60 day public comment period. The US government is getting ready to approve the GM fish within months - and yet the entire future of this GM fish actually rests on a Canadian decision. The small US company AquaBounty wants to produce all the GM salmon eggs in PEI (to ship them to Panama to grow out and process for the US consumer market). Will Environment Canada approve the commercial production of GM salmon eggs in Canada? Will the PEI Premier step up and stop the Island from becoming the home of the GM salmon?
You can write to the Minister of the
Environment today from http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Fish/Write-the-Minister-of-the-Environment
The US is about to treat the world to the first genetically modified meat: a
mutant salmon that could wipe out wild salmon populations and threaten human
health -- but we can stop it now before our plates are filled with suspicious
The new fake salmon grows twice as fast as the real one,
and not even scientists know its long-term health effects. Yet it’s about to
be declared safe for us to eat, based on studies paid for by the company that
created the GMO creature! Luckily, the US is legally required to consider
public opinion before deciding. A growing coalition of consumers,
environmentalists, and fishermen is calling on the government to trash this
fishy deal. Let's urgently build an avalanche of global support to help them
The consultation is happening right now and we have a real chance to
keep mutant fish off the menu. Sign to stop Frankenfish and share widely
-- when we reach 1 million, our call will be officially submitted to the public
company that developed the Frankenfish altered the DNA of the salmon to
create a fish that would grow at lightning speed, year-round. Not only do we
not understand its long term health effects, if a few of them or their eggs
reached the wild, these super-salmon could decimate entire wild salmon
populations. Worse, once they hit supermarkets, we won’t be able to tell
apart Frankenfish and real salmon, so there won’t be a way to avoid it!
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