How does genetically mutated salmon sound for dinner tonight? I don’t know about you but I remember when salmon was just salmon and there was no need to put a bunch of words in front of it to warn people what may or may not be in it. Times have changed though as the FDA has officially broken new territory in the world of GMOs. For the first time, genetically modified animals are now approved for human consumption after the FDA gave them the stamp of approval as “safe”.
I have a hard time believing that something with the words “genetically mutated” in the title could possibly be safe. However, genetically modified agriculture has been a growing addition to the dinner table despite an overwhelming majority with the opinion they should be labelled.
Recently federal regulators approved the genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the last major obstacle for the first genetically altered animal to reach the American dinner table. The salmon is an Atlantic salmon that has been genetically modified so that it grows to market size faster than a conventionally farmed salmon.
The approval of the salmon has been fiercely opposed by some consumer and environmental groups, which have argued that studies were inadequate. The F.D.A. does not require labels for genetically engineered foods. If genetic engineering results in a material change in a food, such as altering its nutrient content, the altered nutrition would be mentioned on the label, but not the fact that genetic engineering was used.
No wonder America has an obesity epidemic! Americans don’t even know what’s in their foods because there are so many loopholes around labeling. How is an average consumer supposed to tell the difference between genetically mutated salmon and regular salmon at the grocery store if they don’t require labels stating the difference? How many people would choose the package containing genetically mutated salmon if they knew they were choosing it over regular salmon? We need to take a stand for our health and get educated on these topics.
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