Unless we have a miracle (and the whole Mayan calendar thing was a fizzle, so that’s out) the Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to inflict their infamous Frankenfish on the American public very soon. Oh, they’ll go through the motions of asking for citizens’ input on the matter for a sixty-day period, because, after all, the government is supposedly there to serve the people. The whole thing would likely pass even if a hundred irate fish-eaters turn up growing three heads and wings as a direct result of consuming the AquAdvantage genetically modified salmon they’re embracing whole-heartedly.
The FDA has decided that Frankenfish are not only safe for the environment, they’re safe for humans to eat. Since the fish eggs are engineered in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and farmed in tanks in Panama, the environment they’re speaking of is not part of any location that the US government has officially studied in regard to the bio-engineered fishes’ impact. No need to be concerned regarding their effects should any salmon get loose, however: these fish will be all female and designed to be sterile. As for any results coming of their being eaten by other fish or marine mammals, the issue is up in the air. With no precedent to look at, heaven only knows what would happen if these fish became food for other sea creatures.
The real question, though, above all else, is what happens to humans who eat genetically-modified fish? We already are aware of what has become of lab test animals (primarily mice) who are given a steady diet of GMO corn. They develop tumors and genetic mutations themselves. What about fish that have extra chromosomes? What will happen when our bodies, designed to process specific matter, are asked to cope with some substance that defies the original plan? Already, according to some experts (see http://www.naturalnews.com/038469_GM_salmon_FDA_approval.html), there are allergic reactions expected to the sullied salmon.
Many may shrug it all off and think, well, nature never intended for our bodies to munch on all the junk food we put in our systems, either. Certainly an argument that is neither well-thought-out nor convincing. All that proves is that the fast food and other varieties of chemically-enhanced garbage shoveled down daily for generations has produced a population of obese, cardiac-disease prone, pimply mutants and a growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.
Whether you live in California, which decided in the last election to forgo labeling GMO foods and let us all guess what is in what we eat, or elsewhere, it’s highly unlikely Frankenfish will be labeled as such. We may be lucky enough to see information about Panama on packaging. There could possibly be some reference to the company, AquAdvantage, behind these spawn-from-hell. Don’t look to the government for any revelations, though. Neither the FDA nor any other branch such as the Fish and Wildlife Service will condemn this project. (Hmm, they’re not wild, they’re not traditionally-speaking fish; what category do they fall under, manufacturing?)
For more details of the bio-fish matter, see: