Tell the FDA: NO Frankenfish!

The first genetically engineered salmon - dubbed "frankenfish" - could be in grocery stores and restaurants as early as 2014. The FDA is expected to approve AquaBounty Technologies' GE salmon after a 60-day public comment period. If approved, it will be the first approved food from a transgenic animal application to enter the U.S. food supply.

Consumer and environmental activists oppose genetically engineered "frankenfish" for many reasons, including the potential danger it poses to human health, to the environment and to the U.S. fishing economy. Michael Hansen, PhD, senior scientist with the Consumers Union, the advocacy and policy arm of Consumer Reports, called the FDA's Environmental Assessment (EA) of GE salmon "flawed and inadequate."

Please sign the petition below if you agree that the FDA should reject AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon, at least until it completes further, more reliable safety testing.

What is frankenfish?

AquaBounty Technologies, a Massachusetts-based biotech company, created the "AquAdvantage" salmon by injecting a fragment of DNA from an ocean pout fish, which is a type of eel, along with a growth hormone gene from the Chinook Pacific salmon, into a fertilised Atlantic salmon egg. The result? A salmon that produces growth hormone year round, instead of only during warm weather. This allows the fish to reach market weight in just 18 months, instead of the usual three years.

What are the risks?

  1. Potential harm to human health. The FDA has allowed this fish to move forward based on tests of allergenicity of only six GE fish. Even with such limited testing, the results showed an increase in allergy-causing potential, according to Hansen. AquAdvantage also contains elevated levels of the growth hormone, IGF-1, which is linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers.
  2. Potential harm to wild salmon population. Only 95% of the AquAdvantage salmon may be sterile, the rest fertile. Plus, the fish at the egg production facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada, will not be sterile. The FDA says the likelihood of the GE salmon escaping into the wild is "extremely remote" but gave little reassuring evidence to support that assumption. According to studies, the frankenfish eat five times more food than wild salmon, and have less fear of predators. All it would take is for some of these frankenfish to escape, and the world's wild salmon population would be at risk.
  3. Unlabeled. Without GMO labeling, consumers will not be able to avoid frankenfish when it arrives in grocery stores and fish markets.
  4. Less nutritious. GE salmon contains less Omega-3 fatty acids than non-GE salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids are the "good" fat which has important health benefits.

 Additional Background

The FDA's 158-page Environmental Assessment was completed May 14, but was blocked from release by the White House, which waited until December 21 - well after the election.

The Environmental Assessment states that genetically engineered salmon will be adapted "to feeding on synthetic aquaculture diets." The FDA didn't explain what it meant by "synthetic aquaculture" or make any investigation into what the genetically engineered salmon would eat. Conventional farmed salmon can be fed byproducts from poultry processing, such as feathers, necks and intestines, and genetically modified soy and canola.

The FDA said that AquAdvantage does not pose a threat to the environment and is "as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon." But in its 5-page summary, the agency admits that it intentionally narrowed the scope of its analysis.

Since September 2010 there has been unprecedented pushback on plans to grow an engineered variant of farmed Atlantic salmon. Over 400,000 public comments in opposition have been sent to the FDA. Forty members of Congress called for a full Environmental Impact Statement before approval was granted.

Opponents argue that approval of frankenfish will pave the way for other genetically engineered animals for human consumption, which could raise serious questions about animal welfare.

The Ocean Conservancy opposes AquAdvantage salmon.

Intrexon Corporation owns a 48-percent stake in AquaBounty, the inventor of frankenfish. Intrexon is a biotechnology company focused on the industrial engineering of synthetic biology. Intrexon designs and produces novel and enhanced biological products and processes for protein production, agricultural biotechnology and animal science. The company boasts "unprecedented control over the function and output of living cells."


FDA Misses the Boat in Signaling Approval of Genetically-Engineered Salmon by George Leonard, December 22, 2012

Ready to Eat: The First GM Fish for the Dinner Table, by Steve Connor

FDA Quietly Pushes Through Genetically Modified Salmon over Christmas Break by Anthony Gucciardi

The Apocalypse is Here: FDA Clears Way for Fast-Growing GE Monster Salmon, by Susie Cagle

CU Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate, by Michael McCauley

Intrexon to acquire 48% stake in AquaBounty

We need to keep fighting the pro-biotech, pro-Monsanto politics of the Obama Administration. Help us send as many public comments to the FDA as possible to try to stop genetically engineered salmon. Direct action is going to be necessary, too. If the Obama Administration stubbornly continues to hide behind the scientifically discredited Bush-Quayle doctrine of "substantial equivalence" claiming there isn't a "material" difference between genetically engineered and normal salmon, then we'll have no choice but to use every tactic we can muster to throw a wrench into the gears of the Frankenfoods Express.

Please sign the petition below today.  And, please forward this action alert to everyone you know. Thank you!

This petition has a goal of 100000 signatures
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Number Date Name Location
130763 4 days ago Anna Arms WI
130762 3 weeks ago Lawrence Merlino Saugerties, NY
130761 3 weeks ago Brian Pike Cypress, TX Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Sygenta.. these are domestic terrorist organizations, with Monsanto being the most criminal group on the planet.
130760 3 weeks ago Elnora Nikitina CA
130759 4 weeks ago Elaine Watson Los Osos, CA
130758 1 month ago Anonymous AL
130757 1 month ago Anonymous Rosedale, MD
130756 1 month ago Laurie Ulrop Clearwater, FL I am not and will not eat GMO foods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
130755 2 months ago Charles Wart Bruxelles Belgium, CA
130754 2 months ago Anonymous Honolulu, HI, HI
130752 2 months ago Herbert Davis Miami Gardens, FL
130751 2 months ago Bonnie Bean Surprise, AZ
130750 2 months ago cheryl piron hibbing, MN
130749 2 months ago Cindy Harney Kennewick, WA
130748 2 months ago Rebekah O' Malley Sycamore Twp, OH
130747 2 months ago Penny Heintz Cedar Ridge, CA
130746 2 months ago Susan Brown La Mesa, CA Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food July 20, 2013 by Thierry Vrain

What happens when science becomes corrupted by corporate greed? Dr. Thierry Vrain

Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity

Dr. Don Huber - GMO Crop Pathogen and Infertility

Letter to Secretary Vilsack from Dr. Huber Jan. 2011 – Roundup May Be Causing Animal Miscarriages and Infertility. (of course Vilsack has taken no action)
"This previously unknown organism is only visible under an electron microscope (36,000X), with an approximate size range equal to a medium size virus. It is able to reproduce and appears to be a micro-fungal-like organism. If so, it would be the first such micro-fungus ever identified."

GMO\'s - Are We Gambling with Our Health? - Dr. Lorrin Pang

"Where\'s the Data?" by Dr. Lorrin Pang

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

THE GMO EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES - Vandana Shiva and others

Articles by Vandana Shiva

Dr. Shiv Chopra "What Happens When Your Government Chooses to Side-Step Scientific Truth?
Dr. Shiv Chopra is a world renowned scientist, author and public speaker. As a former employee of Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the US FDA) for 35 years, he was the Senior Scientific Advisor for the regulatory assessment of food and drugs.. Dr. Chopra questioned the safety of rBGH and fought to keep it out of Canada\'s food supply. The U.S. is now the only major country where [rBGH] is approved.."

Dr. David Suzuki "GMO crops, when first introduced, were touted as the answer to world hunger. The argument was that by developing pesticide and herbicide resistant crops, farmer\'s would be able to increase their yields and decrease their costs. This has not proven to be the case. Instead, bugs and weeds have become increasingly resistant to the widespread applications of these chemicals, leading to increased use of both. More spraying means more costs for the farmers, more damage to the environment and more health concerns.
The safety of GMO foods is unproven and a growing body of research connects these foods with health concerns and environmental damage. For this reason, most developed nations have policies requiring mandatory labeling of GMO foods at the very least, and some have issued bans on GMO food production and imports."

Dr. David Suzuki, Canada’s trusted geneticist and environmental expert says:
"Anyone that says, \'Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,\' I say is either unbelievably stupid, or deliberately lying. The reality is, we don\'t know.

This is my biggest fear.. When they finally admit that gmos cause health problems and cause dire environmental damage, it may be too late.. Dr. David Suzuki
"Putting genes back in bottles.. How do you clean up a potential GMO mess? You don’t.
The difference with GM food is that once the genie is out of the bottle, it will be difficult or impossible to stuff it back."

in case you wondered..

Dr. Don Huber is Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho (1957, 1959), a Ph-D from Michigan State University (1963), and is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was Cereal Pathologist at the University of Idaho for 8 years before joining the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971. His agricultural research the past 50 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soilborne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology..
Dr. Don Huber is likely the leading GMO expert in the world. He is an award-winning, internationally recognized scientist, and professor of plant pathology at Purdue University for the past 35 years.

Dr. Thierry Vrain, PHD in plant pathology, former genetic engineer and soil biologist with Agriculture Canada for 30 years, was Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada\'s Summerland Research Center from 1996 to 2002.

Dr. Shiv Copra
"His academic qualifications include a degree in veterinary medicine, a Masters in Science and Ph.D. in microbiology. He is the recipient of numerous academic and community service awards, including a Fellowship of the World Health Organization. As a former employee of Health Canada for 35 years, Dr. Chopra was Senior Scientific Advisor.. Author of the international best seller "CORRUPT TO THE CORE: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower" and others.

Dr. Vandana Shiva received a master’s degree in the philosophy of science from Guelph University, Ontario, in 1976, and she earned a doctorate in particle physics from the University of Western Ontario in 1978. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993 (also known as the alternative Nobel Prize), and numerous other prizes. She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, et al.). More:

Dr. Lorrin Pang
Honors graduate from Princeton University with a degree in Chemistry. Received and MD and Master Public Health Degree from Tulane University (New Orleans). Board Certification in Preventive Medicine. Worked for 20 years with the Walter Reed Overseas Research Laboratories, assigned to Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro and Geneva, developing drugs and diagnostics for tropical diseases. Consultant to the World Health Organization since 1985 for tropical diseases. Retired and moved to Maui as the District Health Officer position in 2000.. Has about 5 dozen publications in peer reviewed medical journals

Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. and was a professor in the genetics department at the University of British Columbia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. A long time activist to reverse global climate change, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that does sustain us." Suzuki was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2009. In 2004, David Suzuki was selected as the greatest living Canadian in a CBC poll.

There are many more excellent articles and videos by these scientists and many more you can google but this should give you a good start.'); return false;">...
130745 2 months ago Blanka Stratilova Meadville, PA Outraged at Monsato/ biotech and all other chemical and GMO supporting companies for ruining our ecosystems, soil, seeds, animals and all food ...YES! ...THEY are the ones giving us deficiencies and...
130744 2 months ago Jonathan Patterson TX
130743 2 months ago Merethe Andersen Groveland, MA
130742 2 months ago Frances Muller Westerly, RI
130741 2 months ago Anonymous Montpelier, VT how soon before they are trying to re-engineer us?
130740 2 months ago Robert Quintrell Plymouth, ot
130739 2 months ago Coral Smith NASHVILLE, TN
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