The FDA insists that genetically modified foods are not ‘materially’ different from non-GMO foods. This is why they give them the OK for consumers to eat. In their eyes, if it looks like a fish, it IS a fish, right?
The sad part about this is that the American public is being left out. We are not being asked IF we want to eat this! The JUST LABEL IT campaign has had over a half million people sign this petition so far.
Eleven senators disagree that this fish is not the same.
They are: Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).
What IS GMO? For a quick explanation: the Washington Post has an excellent article.
The debate over the GMO salmon by AquaAdvantage – also called Frankenfish – is at the forefront of a GMO labelling controversy. A growth gene from a wild Chinook salmon and one from an eel-like creature, a pout, has been inserted into an Atlantic salmon. This fish will grow to twice the size of farmed salmon. This poses a direct threat to fish in the wild as well as the struggling economies of many states that depend on salmon.
Of course the biotech industry opposes labeling of any GMOs. So does the Farm Bureau – (which, by the way – is NOT for small farmers but for Big Ag) even though the Frankenfish has nothing to do with them. They are in it up to their elbows because of the GMO crops grown on hundreds of millions of acres in the United States. The Grocery Manufacturers Association also rejects the idea of labeling.
The FDA will listen to these companies but not the American people.