GE Salmon Clears Another Hurdle
By Rich Bindell
There’s some very unfortunate news on the GE salmon front today. According to Jim Kozubek of TPM’s Idea Lab, the FDA has now completed its environmental assessment of AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage GE salmon, has recommended approving it for commercial use, and has sent along some of its documents to the White House for review.
This means that GE salmon has passed another hurdle in the approval process, which makes it more urgent than ever that we all take action..The FDA had a choice of either conducting an environmental assessment of GE salmon—an easier, simplified route—or producing an environmental impact statement, which is a much more thorough process that would consider all potential risks more thoughtfully.
We recently learned that the USDA gave AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., $494,000 to do some more research about sterilization techniques for genetically engineered fish, which was rather surprising considering that AquaBounty initially claimed their GE salmon were sterile and that there would be no chance of GE salmon endangering wild salmon through breeding. This seems like yet another example of how the FDA has been trying to rush this process without carefully considering GE salmon’s true potential impact.
We need to make a strong appeal directly to Congress to ban GE salmon due to the environmental and public health risks this food experiment poses. There are still far too many concerns that have not been addressed.