posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 10:52 AM
The "public" has 60-days to comment about this.... after that the FDA stands poised to allow the introduction the first genetically modified animal
into our food supply. The Massachusetts-based AquaBounty has been seeking approval for this since 1995.
Whether you think this is a good thing or not; it is a time for attention to be paid... because when the time comes to pay the piper... I suspect
neither the 'manufacturer' nor the government will have accountability in the matter.
Rather than releasing the fish into the wild, the company plans to engineer its eggs in highly secure tanks in Canada, then ship them to Panama to
mature. As a precaution, the fish are all female and contain three copies of each chromosome rather than two, rendering them sterile.
I recall hearing a similar 'approach' in a Hollywood movie... with the counter plot being "Life will find a way." But let's not be melodramatic...
Our source mentions one potentially concerned organization: the Marine Fish Conservation Network. Apparently they have pinned their basic argument
for caution on the worry that the transgenic salmon could out-compete wild salmon if they escape. I find it odd that they may be the only detractors
noted - especially since the company has addressed this concern (in theory) robustly using terms like "undisclosed location in the highlands of
Panama" and "highly secure tanks in Canada."
The Prince Edward island facility, the mechanism of transport of the eggs to Panama... and evidently the sincerely-stated proposition that this
Massachusetts-based company must be persuasive.... because:
FDA has carefully considered the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action and at this time has made a preliminary determination that
this action would not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment in the United States. Therefore, FDA has made a preliminary
determination that an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.
I think if you review the linked material you may find a not so uncommon pattern of "business as usual" coming into play. Not being a regular
consumer of Salmon myself, I wonder about the idea of mutant fish being "obviously good for you," ... but that's just me.
The study draft which was just released (didn't want this
in the election debates script!) - it only came out a few days ago - despite it being
ready since April 2012... somehow... when their is an element of politics... and an element of commerce... it gives me the creeps. But I suppose the
prosperity partnerships of our respective governments are clearly something which were meant to get these kinds of commercial enterprises going....
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