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FDA Quietly Pushes Through Genetically Modified Salmon Over Christmas Break

Anthony Gucciardi
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December 27th, 2012
Updated 12/27/2012 at 7:55 pm
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While you were likely resting or enjoying time with friends and family over the Christmas break, the United States Food and Drug Administration was hard at work ramming through genetically modified salmon towards the final acceptance process. Despite the frankenfish actually being blocked by Congress last year over serious health and environmental concerns, the FDA is making a massive push to release the genetically modified salmon into the world as the FDA-backed biotech giant and creator of the fish AquaAdvantage screams for profits.

Link to petition to stop GM salmon here

These fish of course threaten the very genetic integrity of the food chain when considering the fact that they will ultimately be unleashed into waters with other salmon and likely even the ocean at large. The AquaAdvantage genetically modified salmon have been engineered through genetic manipulation to grow double the size and weight of the average salmon. Hitting 24 inches instead of 13 and weighing in at 6.6 pounds instead of 2.8, the GM fish contains both a gene from another salmon known as the  Pacific Chinook as well as an eel-like fish.

This unnatural genetic infusion allows the fish to generate a growth hormone 24/7, making it a massively mutated ball of growth hormones and disease.

Genetically Modified Salmon Threaten Genetic Stability of Food Chain

In the event that awareness is not spread and Congress allows the FDA to approve AquaAdvantage’ GM salmon, it will become the first approved GM animal for growth and human consumption.

Modified salmon will mate with regular breeds, creating hybrid mutations that may likely never be tracked. Hybrid families that may continue to repopulate for generations, all containing modified genes. After being consumed by predators like sharks or others, the sharks are then affected by the genetically modified fish through the development of various health conditions conditions. In mice trials alone it was found that eating GMOs triggered mass tumors and early death in the animals — and that’s just crops. Genetically modified crops are concerning enough, but are much less complex than animals.

The fact of the matter is that no one truly knows the long term effects of GM crops, let alone GM animals. But hey, why not test it out on the public? After all, who cares? It’s not like the FDA will do anything to Monsanto despite the numerous studies linking GMOs to disease. Instead, they just say it’s pseudo science and that only FDA-backed ‘science’ is worth anything. Forget the fact that the only lifelong rat study done on GMOs found it led to tumor development.

So what can we do?

geneticallymodifiedsalmon1 260x162 FDA Quietly Pushes Through Genetically Modified Salmon Over Christmas BreakThere are a number of methods here, but first and foremost the word needs to be spread far and wide that genetically modified salmon is being pushed through by the FDA. People despise GM products on average, with 90 plus percent in favor of at least labeling. In addition, there is a petition going around to send to politicians to ask them to stop this approval as they did in 2011.

Link to petition to stop GM salmon here

Ultimately, it comes down to opposition. If enough people know this is coming and are very upset about it, they will have trouble ramming it through. That’s why they announce these things over Christmas weekend. They don’t want anyone to even hear about it — they want to make it harder to popularize since hardly anyone saw it.

We can beat this as we did back in 2011, and the FDA knows it. Their dirty tactics are not effective in the technological age in which the transfer of information is more powerful than ever. Share this news and spread the word. Block genetically modified salmon from getting put on your dinner table without any labels.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail FDA Quietly Pushes Through Genetically Modified Salmon Over Christmas BreakGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • Z…….

    People, read a book "Seeds of destruction" W. Engdahl, you have in US, we in Aus. have to order from US,?. Nobody want (government) to give us real explanation why we HAVE TO EAT GMO FOOD. Rockefeller will succeed in his sick wishes if somebody not stop all this.

  • Concerned sceintist

    My problem with Anthony Gucciardi's article is that he presents numerous false (or mis-understood)statements. For Example, "These fish of course threaten the very genetic integrity of the food chain when considering the fact that they will ultimately be unleashed into waters with other salmon and likely even the ocean at large." Did you read the FDA FONSI report? The GM salmon are raised/farmed in closed (self contained) auquaculture facilities (ex-USA), and are never relaeased into lakes, oceans, rivers, etc. And in the event that someone were to maliciously try to introduce the GM salmon into the wild, salmon are infertile and can not reporduce. The actual infertility rate is approximately 95%, just to be accurate so 5% may have the ability to spawn. The other safeguard, as detailed in the FDA report, is that the GM salmon will be processed for consumption at the same facility that they are raised, and therefore no live GM salmon will be sold or transported for sale elsewhere.

    • http://chris1749@facebook.com Christine hutchison

      And you trust the government to tell you the truth or perform honestly???

    • Concerned person

      While it may be true everything you say-fish are contained, etc. -Why are they being made in the first place? To what end and what for? We don't need these fish. And are you going to be the person that assures 100% that not one fish will ever escape however inadvertently? And if you say that there is only a 5% chance they can spawn, then that isn't 100% infertile is it? No. And not only that, you are making the illogical assumption that just because precautions are made that everything will be fine, and we now that human nature being what it is, there will be inevitable breaches of security and fish will be taken out things done with them for all kinds of reasons. We also know that the FDA is bought and paid for by large corporations, and so therefore beholding to their interests only which are not the same ones of the public. Just as the government in other posts are populated by the corporate minons such as Clarence Thomas who was an attorney for Monsanto. So, how is it that even with all these supposed safeguards, we can really rest in our beds at night that the food supply is not infected. We can't.

      I won't argue with you that Mr. Gucciardi's articles are often skewed with a bit of fear mongering and word choice.
      I have looked up the original newspaper articles on some of his posts and tracked back where he gets his information, and they do indeed lean a bit. Having said that, so do arguments on the other "side". Try reading something from the corporations or from institutions funded by them. They also "lean".

      Doesn't make either side look good. But there is truth out there, and frankly I am not looking forward toa world where nature is played with to the extent she is now, and where there is a blatant disregard for the welfare of people. We are already reaping the results of this type of frankenfood.

      I own chickens. I have seen with my own eyes their preference for clean organic feed as opposed to GMO feed.
      Given a choice they will turn their noses up at the GMO. Even chickens know its not good for them.

      As a scientist, if you are one, you should know that truth should win over profit, and not all of the scientists out there are doing this kind of thing in the name of truth or pure science.

  • converned scientist

    In other parts of the article, Mr. Gucciardi's either out right lies or is mis-informed (not sure what Mr. Gucciardi's science background looks like, but based on his comments, not very good): "
    Modified salmon will mate with regular breeds, creating hybrid mutations that may likely never be tracked. Hybrid families that may continue to repopulate for generations, all containing modified genes. After being consumed by predators like sharks or others, the sharks are then affected by the genetically modified fish through the development of various health conditions conditions. In mice trials alone it was found that eating GMOs triggered mass tumors and early death in the animals — and that’s just crops. Genetically modified crops are concerning enough, but are much less complex than animals."

    Please include your references when citing the above-catasrophies, which are not permissible according to study designs detailed in FDA report. One curious question I have for the author, how did you determine that "plants are "much less complex than "animals"? Please explain this assessment!

  • http://www.micktomlinson.com Mick

    While I agree with this article and the information that it provides, watching that video clip threw me a bit. Why did Anthony frame the FDA shutdown of the peanut butter factory as an assault on the organic industry? That factory was making and selling a product that was contaminated with salmonella, and he didn't even mention it.

  • dogitydog

    Does 'Soylent Green' ring any bells? A sci-fi movie that is turning into a documentary.

  • A Worried Human

    This is all part of the plan to depopulate us. First they're going to make us suffer with economic collapse, spreading chaos across america if not the globe. Let it simmer for a bit to make them look like the good guys when they come in with U.N. troops to declare martial law and kill dissidents. When people are starving on the streets they'll tell us GMO foods are our only hope for survival. Then the infertility will come, hell I wouldn't be surprised if the future is going to be like Children of Men- BUT WORSE. We are ROYALLY F***ed. Make your peace with whatever deity you worship because we are all going to die.

  • keroy101

    I have earlier today, sent an E Mail to DEFRA, the government department of food/fisheries UK. Asking for a response regarding the FDA approval of GM Salmon. I have informed them that this will be taken up on every major Web Site until some answers are received. This type of GM modification to animal life, needs to be met with the hardest of questions. The natural food chain of animals that feed from fish, could be irreversable.
    In 1990, Michael Crichton wrote his book, " Jurassic Park ", maybe he had some insight.
    It has been documented, that in some wild and park areas, two seperate gm modified crops have been combined by nature containing both GM modifications, creating a new species. This alone justfies that the companies producing these crops have no control. I wonder, if this Salmon GM is allowed, what will be next ? Past experience over the last two decades have shown that these companies LIE, and still receive backing to continue. The second problem is with ourselves. Too many people feel that there is nothing we can do to prevent this situation. Being silent is the worst thing we can do. Questions have to be asked to all government departments and answers made public.

    • jayesper

      And what if they're right? It's all part of a downward spiral introduced with the Social Security Administration, and even leading up to it. We've unwittingly given ourselves up to our warlords!

  • guest

    My question is where is this all going to end? People will die over this insanity, and those who live will be infertile, per the reading I have done over the past year and a half. Further where are all these people who work for the government and their agencies who approve this and other GMO frankenfoods getting their food from? Hidden farms that only they have access to that grow and raise clean natural food? This affects us all, all the humans, all the animals, all the insects, all the reptiles, all the plants, all the fish, algae, all the sea coral etc etc etc we are all in serious trouble here and yet this government approves more infertility, death and disease every day, and the people of this country cannot be bothered to stand together and say no. Oh there are those signing petitions calling their senators and congressmen and complaining, that's a great thing because it slows these approvals down but ultimately this stuff get approved quietly, whether over a holiday or stuffed in some bill that is passed and not read. We all have to say NO together as one country and as one planet! Frankly
    this is the end of life as we know know it, it will change the inside and outside of all living things including people, I think it already is, there have been some form of GMOs around for over 10 years.
    All the diseases that so many young people and I mean anyone under 60 are suffering and dying from are part of this frankenfood, be it GMO, be it the fungicides, pesticides, herbicides,the oil spilled by BP and the poison used to force the oil off the top of the water and the human created bacteria that forced the oil to become liquid enough to extract it out of the holes made in the gulf etc etc etc. These GMOs and poisons are already lose on the planet, so we need to not only stop anymore from being introduced to our planet, but we need to come up with a plan to clean up the mess that has already been made! This is one big nightmare of a mess, and it is not ending anytime soon, as i am certain that every animal, plant, and human being will be modified before this is all said and done! Unless everyone yells stop this madness as one voice. And I don't think that is going to happen, I really don't!!

  • yankee phil

    There must be some kind of testing time line here that limits how fast these new products(untested?) can be introduced to the public. Since these products are of an entirely new nature to the environment perhaps new legislation is necessary to control the testing, making it more thorough. Your going to need a court injunction to stop it or at least delay its public introduction so you can research the FDA laws better.

    • http://chris1749@facebook.com Christine hutchison

      According to the book Wheat Belly, there was never any rat or human testing on GMO of wheat grains. Reading that books confirms allot of issues with GMO of Wheat!! Scary stuff!!

  • Morgan Azih

    ELOHIM God who created all things including knowledge & wisdom saw all of this from the beginning. That’s why JESUS Christ has come to empower all men who believe in him to overcome manipulation from Satan/his human agents.
    In JESUS Name people should declare foods sanctified by his Blood shed on the Cross of Calvary.

  • starka

    Was wondering where the link was so i could sign. Thanks for the info

  • http://twitter.com/sublimepiphany @sublimepiphany

    Hi, Anthony! Love this, thank you for this post and the information. I was wondering, though, where is the link to the petition, and if you could add it. The second highlighted link "petition going around" leads back to the same article and website for the poll article on GMO labeling. I hope you are doing well, and appreciate all the research you are doing to help us keep safe!

    • NaturalSociety

      Thanks a lot for pointing out that the link was a mistake. I've updated the link properly and made it much larger. Appreciate your kind words!