GM salmon Frankenfish about to be unleashed into US food supply

Friday, September 17, 2010
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(NaturalNews) It's that time of year again, when the FDA gathers its experts to decide what new horror to unleash into the food supply. This year it's genetically modified salmon, a "frankenfish" pumped up with extra growth hormone genes that make it rapidly grow into a kind of super-Schwarzenegger creature that's triple the size of a regular salmon.

And you're supposed to eat this, by the way. In fact, the FDA will almost certainly allow this to be sold without any warning labels, so now when you buy salmon at the store, you'll have no way to tell whether it's normal salmon or frankenfish GM salmon.

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Food engineering gone bad

GM salmon is just the latest form of food engineering to receive the FDA's endorsement. Well, technically the FDA hasn't officially decided to approve it yet, but FDA officials have already announced -- ahead of the public meeting -- that they believe GM salmon is safe. It's a good bet they intend to allow it to enter the food supply.

Genetically modified salmon is "is as safe as food from conventional Atlantic salmon," according to an FDA statement on its website. "There is a reasonable certainty of no harm from consumption of food from this animal."

But even if that's true, that's not the only worry here: The other major concern is about the environmental impact of GM salmon escaping to the wild (or their eggs escaping) and genetically polluting the world's salmon stocks. Now, sure, the company creating these frankenfish promises that will never happen. They insist on it. But gee, have you ever heard of industrial accidents? That's where things go wrong that everybody promised would never go wrong. Bhopal, India comes to mind. Or Chernobyl.

There are seemingly countless cases where companies that promised nothing would go wrong end up apologizing when things went terribly wrong. How can we be sure GM salmon won't one day turn into another large-scale disaster?

One way would be to conduct safety testing before pursuing full-scale production. But that isn't being done. To my knowledge, there are no rigorous environmental or human health safety tests being conducted on GM salmon whatsoever.

So, in effect, we are the experiment. The FDA, if it approves GM salmon, will be launching a brand new game called "let's play genetic roulette with the whole world and see what happens."

It's a stupid way to proceed with something as potentially dangerous as genetic pollution because if it escapes into the wild, it is irreversible. You can't take it back.

Tell the FDA what you think

The FDA's three-day panel starts this weekend! Sign up to attend the meeting and express your thoughts on the matter at the following link:

You can also write the FDA at:
Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

Be sure to reference Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0385.

In the mean time, if you see a giant piece of salmon flesh in the grocery store that looks more like a side of beef from a 1,000 pound cow, you may want to avoid it.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

In late 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. With this research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July 1, 2015.

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With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

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