reply to post by Funshinez
I did an essay on this subject almost 8 months ago now. Here are some some excerpts.
These salmon are genetically modified to have a gene from the Pacific salmon (Chinook), that regulates growth hormone levels, and an “on switch”
gene from the Ocean Pout, added to the Atlantic salmon. This modification effectively allows AquaBountys salmon to grow twice as fast while “not
grow[ing] to be larger [than standard salmon]” (AquaBounty Tech.) and eating year-round. AquaBounty Technologies has created two kinds of fish, the
diploid, and triploid; the latter, of which, is the salmon picked for consumption.
The FDA has just recently put out the data on the fishes (salmon; diploid, and triploid) giving little time to the public to review the eleven years
worth of documents with the majority of information produced by AquaBounty. Even then not all of the data has been available; this is because the FDA
is processing this subject as if it were a pharmaceutical. When a drug is presented to the FDA, the producing company is allowed to withhold any
details it deems proprietary information.
When AquaBounty did their two studies on growth hormone levels (IGF-1), they used 5 immature diploid salmon, instead of triploid; unlike the study for
allergies in which they used triploid. A study in 1992 found IGF-1 levels four times greater in the GMO salmon than their “regular” (haploid)
salmon. A second study used methods which cannot attain accurate readings on IGF-1 levels due to the insensitivity of the instrument. The FDA then
concluded that there was no risky difference between the two salmons growth hormone levels. As for the allergy tests 6 triploid fish were included.
The diploid fish were 52% more likely to trigger allergic reactions; and the triploid, 20%. So the FDA used the findings from the triploid, and deemed
the change insignificant; not good for those who are allergic to fish as they create some of the most severe symptoms in reactions. Is the FDA to
unintelligent to decipher the manipulated data, or are they truly and ignorantly, biased and corrupt? [I'm pretty sure everyone here knows that
With the FDA reviewing AquaBountys salmon, it is quite likely the bountiful peace in nature may just get a lot more tranquil on the great pacific
coast according to Purdue University. A computer program created by the university has depicted the collapse of the wild salmon population, with only
60 transgenic salmon interbreeding in a population on 60,000 wild salmon, in 40 generations. This is not unlikely seeing as AquaBounty Speculates that
99% (+/-1%) will be sterile (as Stotish, AquaBountys CEO, says “the possibility of an escape or an event with any possibility to interact with the
wild population is infinitesimal”), leaving +/-1% to possibly find themselves free in the open ocean. Having that 1%+-, in my perspective, is 11%+-
(or “infinitesimal[ly]”)to much when it comes to deciding the fate of the real world. Escape is impossible some might say, being that the eggs are
being delivered to Panama to be bred in inland farms. But there is plenty of room for human error, as history has taught us. Take Lake Victoria for
example, the second largest lake in the world located in Tanzania, it is now exponentially decreasing in fish diversity. This nightmare began when one
individual thought it was a good idea to introduce, a non indigenous fish, Perch into the system. With no natural predator the perch flourished in
Lake Victoria. Now perch from this lake is exported all over the world with much surplus in the market, and the lake; leaving all the locals with
dwindling occupations in an already impoverish area.
AquaBounty will be using inland farms in Panama for security on interbreeding, but they may also have other ideas on the agenda for the area. Perhaps
the cheaper wages, vanished policies, perfect dumping sites, and who knows what else is what happens to be drawing them there. If this GMO fish passes
approval, I would assume it will be some of the most toxic food in our diet. To touch the bases, the fish will carry the weight of genetic
modifications and the toxic farming process. An independent researcher, Arpad Pusztai, was given a grant to study GMO potatoes, and had his lab rats
develop potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, small testicles and livers, partially atrophied livers and damaged immune systems. Added to the
potentially dreadful side effects of genetic modification is the process of fish farming which uses chemicals to color the grey farmed fish; treat
infections, diseases, and parasites (like sea lice). Fish farming will also create bioaccumulation, or chemical build up, as it uses old farmed fish,
and wild fish which have been contaminated with chemicals to feed the new farmed fish. A short list of chemicals included in this chain of
bioaccumulation is PCBS (like in old coolants, transformers, capacitors etc.), DDT (an old pesticide that is now illegal to use), Dioxins,
hexachloro-benzene, organophosphates (a nerve agent), and antibiotics (risking resistance). This cess pool of unhealthy additives; GMO, and chemical,
will make for a great eatin’ for the unsuspecting consumer.
BTW farmed fish have coloring added to thier food to make them look healthier!
In essence; wild fish = polluted, farmed fish = very poluted and unhealthy, GMO farmed fish = horribly unhealthy, GMO farmed fish on the loose in the
ocean = ...eventual chaos for the worlds salmon stock.