An appeal by two environmental groups to Canadian Federal Courts to halt the production of genetically modified (GM) salmon has taken a beating. Hundreds of thousands of consumers will now have to figure out if their stores are selling the GM fish. 
The Ecology Action Centre of Halifax and the Living Oceans Society in B.C. filed the appeal against AquaBounty and the federal ministers of health and environment.
The court dismissed both the allegations that the environmental groups made, including:
- That the Environment Minister failed to comply with the Environmental Protection Act with the publication of a notice of significant new activity in the Canada Gazette.
- That both ministers failed to obtain and assess legally-required information for a toxicity assessment.
“This should allay any remaining fears consumers may have about our fish,” said AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish. But the concern is hardly squashed.
More than 2 million people commented on the US Food and Drug Administration’s ‘open comment’ page saying that they did not want GM salmon, which would potentially put ecosystems and species such as wild salmon at risk. Now federal courts in both the U.S. and Canada are refusing to listen to consumers’ rights about eating non-GM food.
The FDA says that the fish is just as safe to eat as conventional salmon, but the agency also claims there is no difference between GM crops like corn and soy to their non-GM counterparts, and this has been proven to be patently untrue (given that GM crops may cause cancerous tumors, reproductive problems, and endocrine system disruption, among other concerns).
The true risks of GM salmon in both the environment, and to human health have been grossly underestimated. 
14 thoughts on “AquaBounty’s GM Salmon Approved for Production by Canadian Federal Court”
Yet another victory for science and progress!!
It’s a victory for the corporation, since their shareholders will be reaping the profits.
Science and progress has nothing to do with it.
You say the stupidest things.
When the GMO industry CEOs are finally prosecuted for knowingly and willfully putting toxins in the food supply, prosecution should also extend to members of the boards of directors and to R&D personnel – and probably major shareholders as well.
It’ll be a trickle down effect, thousands will suddenly wake up unemployed, while the creators of this mess run and hide in their multi million dollar mansions and lick their wounds just to start the process of greed and corruption all over again.
Major corporations get govt welfare also, but in millions of dollars cash money and not $400 a month in food stamps.
You’re right – except that in these parts, food stamp benefits are ca. $10 to $75 for folks I know. The $10 blew me away, as the lady is disabled.
If people knew how many billions of our dollars are going to subsidizing fossil fuel, GMO, nuclear, big box, etc. corporations, there would be profuse profound anger. – But hey – what’s on the electric TV box?
The salmon is alive today thanks to science and progress, another lie by spud. Yes share holders have a chance to make money, but they also risked millions of dollars if this project failed. Obviously a fact that tater left out by design most likely. Consumers stand to win by having high quality salmon at economical prices.
Another display of total ignorance.
Nature has taken care of the Salmon for quite sometime, how do you intend to provide proof that idiots like you are the best keepers based on natures history?
Would you like to see examples of corporate failures when they interfere with nature, maybe the cost to taxpayers for regulation and court costs for actions regarding their corrupt practices. How much money does the taxpayer have invested, I’ll bet it’s a LOT more than your idiotic friends have invested.
Your an idiot thinking and using the excuse of money over natural progression and natures evolution. Another proof that corporate shareholders rely on morons like you to pander for their profits.
OMG your statement is just so unbelievably stupid, I’ll be laughing for weeks. Thanks for showing all that your a waste of oxygen.
Simple, we are over harvesting all of our waters. This fis will allow us to keep producing a valuable food source. Only someone as near sighted as you can’t see that.
Corporations are over harvesting, for their bottom line. What do you think would happen if the consumerism, supply and demand, was turned over to the local populations?
I’ll tell you what would happen, instead of thousands of acres of useless corn and soy, there would be diverse crops capable of sustaining the local communities and their Families. Idiot, corporate influence is raping the bounties of nature, man your so stupid.
Get off the internet and look around, it might clear some of the crap out of your head.
Stores that sell filth lose customers.
We have already pressured major stores into not selling the GMO salmon monstrosity. Other stores will learn.
Lol, sure they will.
Your ideologies and fantasies really support your statement there fascist.
Canadian courts apparently suffer the same disease that certain US courts do – lickspittle-ism to immoral corporations.
Word to the wise: Mrs Clinton loves GMOs. As a lawyer, she defended Monsanto. Later, as she clawed her way to the top with a suitcase of Big Money, she gave a keynote speech at a GMO industry conference.
Bernie Sanders, so far as I know, is the Only viable candidate to endorse labeling GMOs and thus preserving our right to Informed Consent.