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House Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban GE Salmon

Washington, DC-based Food & Water Watch is praising Congress for “uniting” against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s expected approval of genetically-engineered (GE) salmon.

The groups executive director, Wenonah Hauter announced Thursday that a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced “critical” legislation (H.R. 521) mirroring a Senate bill from the end of January (S. 230) “to keep the first genetically engineered (GE) food animal, AquaBounty Technologies AquaAdvantage salmon, off our plates.”

Hauter believes the engineered fish may have “disastrous consumer health and environmental consequences.”

“It is significant that Congress is united in taking a strong stand against this risky experiment. Food & Water Watch applauds Representatives Young, DeFazio, Jones, Polis, Stark, and Wu along with Senators Begich, Murkowski and Murray for overcoming party divides to join together in protecting U.S. consumers from this largely untested product.”

Sens. Begich and Murkoski introduced legislation last week with a similar goal.

“At least 30 House members and 14 senators have written the Obama administration either expressing serious concerns about the manner in which the FDA conducted its review of Aquabounty’s GE salmon, or calling for the outright prohibition of its approval for human consumption,” said Hauter. “So why isn’t the FDA listening?”

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  • Julie

    I’ve seen it written that 90% of AMERICANS want nothing to do with anything GMO. That we are forced to eat it now (with the FDA’s brilliant assumption that GMO and normal foods are identical and therefore do not need appropriate labeling) is unacceptable. We want GMOs OUT OF OUR LIVES TOTALLY, the sooner, the better!
    Get it out of processed foods, get it out of animal feed (since we eat the animals), get it out of the ground (where it’s causing disasterous environmental problems both on it’s own, and smothered in Roundup and other chemicals). GMO is not the answer to the Wall-Street-caused ‘global food shortage’.
    GMO yields have not been as promised and the environmental crisis being cause wouldn’t be worth it even if the yields were double what promised.
    World-wide, countries are denying entry to Monsanto and the others. Others, with the GMO experience under their belts, are sending it packing.
    In India, over 200,000 farmers have committed suicide, most by drinking Roundup, becuase Monsanto mis-represented the ‘wonderful experience’ of grownig GMOs. Indian farmers were not told the true dollar costs or just how much water these crops need (compared to regular crops). The crops failed, the money dried up and the water dried up – so the farmers, now hopeless, committed suicide. Those deaths are on the heads of people who push GMO, including and especially Monsanto and our government!
    In the lab, feeding animals a steady diet of GMOs resulted in sterility after just 3 generations. Converted to human terms, that means the end of mankind in coming – SOON!
    WE HAVE TO STOP THIS GMO NONSENSE SOON – BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. THE CLOCK IS TICKING. EVERY TIME THE FDA AND/OR USDA APPROVES ANOTHER GMO (animal or vegetable) IS ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF HUMANITY. IT HAS TO STOP – TODAY!

  • Karen

    When is enough enough, Let’s focus our concerns and energy where it is needed. The food we eat should be in the most natural purest form not Genetically Engineered – is that really food anymore. Really, stop the nonesense, our plant and land is abundent to feed everyone on it. If we continue to wreck havoc on our soil we will have nothing left for future generations. Now they want to wreck havoc on our water supply, our fish, our meat, our alpha, our beets….leave it alone. Go after the companies that develop “food” that causes ADHD, Obesity, Heart Disease, etc…and leave the fisherman, farmers and local harvesters alone to make a living and a better life for their communities. Thank you.

  • Norman Howe

    Ban GE SALMON !