The Guardian is reporting that in a rather buried (Friday ‘dump the trash?) section of the Canadian Gazette, Environment Canada was reported to have given the green light to US Biotechnology firm AquaBounty Technologies to export 100,000 gen-modified ‘AquAdvantage’ salmon eggs a year grown at their facility on PEI to a company situated in the Panamanian rainforest. The decision is the first approval of commercial production of Zombie Animal food, and brings it ever closer to dinner tables. Without labeling, no one eating salmon will be safe from it.
But get a load of this double speak:
‘The Canadian government said in its decision that the GM fish presented a high risk to Atlantic salmon, in the event of an escape, and a spokesman was adamant there would be no immediate sale or consumption of GM salmon eggs in Canada.
“There are strict measures in place to prevent the release of this fish into the food chain,” an Environment Canada spokesman said by email. “In Canada, no genetically modified fish or eggs are currently approved for the purposes of human consumption.”
The US FDA, you may remember. has been poised for several years to approve AquaBounty’s similar request, and this seems to have paved the way for that approval. 2010 Congressional hearings were closed without recommendations either way, as I remember it. The Alaskan Senators were naturally vehemently opposed, partially as an economic issue for the Alaskan salmon industry. The FDA has called the salmon ‘safe’, as they have all other GMO food mutants.
AquaBounty’s FrankenSalmon is a mutant created from Atlantic salmon into whose eggs were spliced genetic material from a Chinook salmon which causes growth hormone cycles to stay switched on continually, causing it to grow nearly twice as fast as the original and a and a promoter from an ocean pout , an eel-like fish.
The Telegraph UK reported in May on a study done by the department of biology at McGill University in Quebec, Canada, and what they found was that not only will AquaBounty’s monsters breed with brown trout, but that the resultant hyprids grew even larger than the original transgenic fish, and out-competed wild fish for food, causing other species to be smaller than normal. Further bad news is that they’re working on modifying 30 more fish species.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study demonstrating transmission and ecological consequences from interspecific hybridisation between a GM animal and a naturally hybridising species. Ultimately, hybridisation of transgenic fishes with closely related species represents potential ecological risks for wild populations.”
Keep these facts in mind while you listen to this post-Congressional 2010 hearings on GM salmon, between Industry Flack and Scientist. Mr. Dry-Mouth Flack’s claim that ‘our fish are trained!’ at about 7:00 is exceptionally hilarious, excepting the seriousness of the subject, of course. (‘Don’t think of climate change increased storm surges when we swear we can contain them!’)
Dr Krista Oke, who led the work at the
The researchers, whose work is published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society B, warned that any attempts to farm GM salmon should carefully assess the risks to the wider environment should they escape.”
A recent study has proven that these Frankenfish can and do breed with other fish, especially brown trout.
Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch, Aug. 2010:
“Unfortunately, the FDA’s tests (historically used to determine if a non-GM food was safe) were created before GM products became a reality and are insufficient in determining the long-term, unforeseen consequences of the GM salmon in question. Put simply, these dated tests cannot determine the salmon’s full allergenicity and toxicity.”
“And toxic they are – a recent study commissioned by the European Union revealed that fish that have been modified to grow faster also have a higher tolerance to the toxins in their environment. Researchers expressed concerns that both these toxins and the growth hormones would end up in consumers.”
F&WW hasn’t issued a statement on this news so far. Be assured: they will.
Also, remember that the 2011 leaked negotiated language of the TPP prevented signatory nations from labeling transgenic foods. If a nation had existing laws preventing the sale of GM foods, or a state were to pass labeling laws, they could be charged in supra-sovereign tribunals for imagined lost profits for having done so.
Remember the WkiCables having shown that US Ambassadors were busy pimping for Monsanto all over the world? I wonder if any of the new Stratfor cable leaks have any of the internal memos by the corporate Purveyors of Zombie Food?
Contact your Congress-critters, are few are sympathetic, more need to hear from us. And contact the FDA here.
Treble Army’s hip hop contribution toward public education of Monsanto:
(cross-posted at My.fdl.com)