Thursday, February 16, 2012

Genetically Modified Salmon Labeling

Is this salmon genetically modified?  No way to tell without labeling.


Thanks to Monsanto, the FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States.
 It would also be on the shelves without labeling.  You will not know if the salmon you are buying is genetically modified unless we do something about it now.

The salmon is engineered to produce growth hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice the normal rate. The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or farm-raised—don't we also have a right to know if our salmon is genetically engineered? 

More than forty countries, including Russia and China, require labels on genetically engineered foods. As Americans, we firmly believe that we deserve the same right to know what we are eating.
There is a petition created by Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and Gary Hirshberg (chairman of Stonyfield Farms)_ to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on SignOn.org, which says:
Commissioner Hamburg, we urge the FDA to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. We have a right to know about the food we eat and what we feed our families, but under current FDA regulations, we don't have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered foods.
Polls show that more than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling. Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare. Please listen to the American public and mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Please sign the petition if you care about the future of food by clicking on the link below and then pass it along to your friends:

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