1. Unlabeled. Without GMO labeling, consumers will, in most cases, not have any way to distinguish “frankenfish” when it arrives in grocery stores and markets.
2. Precedence. Researchers are scrambling to engineer other fish, cows, chickens and pigs! It is especially important that we deny the FDA the ability to approve GM salmon so a precedent is not set for other animals. None of these will be healthy to eat, and if none of us will sell or buy these genetically engineered foods then places like AquaBounty Technology will have to find other ways to spend their time and money, or simply just go out of business.
3. Potential harm to our health. Limited testing has shown an increase in allergy-causing potential. AquAdvantage also contains elevated levels of the growth hormone, IGF-1, which is linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers.
4. Potential environmental harm. Genetically Engineered fish are not only proven to be unhealthy but will threaten to wipe the native salmon population out of existence by spreading disease and consuming massive amounts of the food native populations rely on for survival.
Our government seems to be supporting corporation like AquaBounty regardless of how destructive to the planet and to our existence these corporations’ goals may be. So it is only us, the people, who can make the difference with what we tell our retailers, what we buy and what we leave untouched on the shelves.
This article is a contribution from Jacob Litoff.