If U.S. approves GE salmon, Canada may follow suit: memo

Altered fish on federal ministry's menu

4 responses to “If U.S. approves GE salmon, Canada may follow suit: memo

  1. Rick North, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility’s project director for the Campaign for Safe Food, is concerned over the risks of AquAdvantage salmon.

    “We don’t think they have been demonstrated safe. The science on this is totally inadequate. What’s amazing is that the samples were very small. For one particular test, they only tested six salmons,” he said. “Even scientists who know what happens don’t know what else happens. You can genetically engineer a particular trait [like growth] but they don’t know what else happens.”

    His health concerns regarding GE foods range from allergens to cancer, which have increased in the past ten to fifteen years since they’ve been available.

    “Are they contributing to allergenicity? The rates have increased substantially but they’re not labeled, of course, so we don’t know. A number of animal studies are pointing to problems [including] reproductive problems, but there’s not an absolute guarantee that if it happens in mice it happens in humans. Our stance is ‘better be safe than sorry.’ There’s enough evidence out there to give us concern.”

    Patty Lovera, assistant director at Food and Water Watch, said that growth hormones added to animals might cause health problems for people. She said there might also be nutritional differences in the AquAdvantage salmon and possibly new allergens, as well as environmental risks.

    Transgenic fish swimming towards a plate near you: http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/archive/2778/27783801.jpg

    GM salmon Frankenfish (comic)

  2. 1. Greenpeace GMO Guide For Canadians http://gmoguide.greenpeace.ca/shoppers_guide.pdf

    True Food Shoppers Guide mobile application for iPhone and Android! http://itunes.apple.com/app/true-food/id379459607?mt=8

    Complete List U.S(Non-GMO) http://truefoodnow.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/web_new-ge-booklet.pdf

    Update: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/Non-GMO-Shopping-Guide.pdf

    2. Please See: 10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods. http://www.gmwatch.org/10-reasons-why-we-dont-need-gm-foods

  3. “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson, 1781

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