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GREEN TIP: Avoid genetically engineered food. Until further testing has been done, the impacts to our food supply, human and environmental health are not clearly known.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held public hearings to determine the introduction of AquaBounty Technologies’ Transgenic salmon into our food supply. The FDA panel questioned some of the data submitted by AquaBounty, including the small sample size represented in its findings and the potential for allergic reactions (fish as a food group inherently contain a high level of allergens).

Consumer advocates are united with salmon farmers and fisherman in their shout out against the production of genetically engineered (GE) fish until independent tests prove the fish are safe for the food supply, the environment, and safe for human consumption.

Are we going to allow more sketchy food into our food supply that hasn’t been adequately tested?

One (of many) concerns is the presence of iGF-1, a growth hormone linked to an increased risk of cancer, in this fast growing test tube fish.

The FDA panel has not reached a conclusion. The next step is an environmental assessment and a 30-day period for the public to voice their comments. If approved, the first GE salmon could be in the grocery store in two years. Under FDA guidelines for food labels, the salmon you buy will not require a label stating it is GE in origin.

AquaBounty is against mandatory labeling sighting it as unfair and costly. Elliot Entis, AquaBounties founder, would support voluntary labeling by producers who want to communicate that their fish was not GE. Place the cost and burden for the label on the guy supplying nature’s fish? Fair?

Besides the cost of voluntary labeling, AquaBounties fear is the GE label would be read like a warning. Other critics of mandatory labeling imply labels are too confusing to consumers. Source: Phoenix News Times

Don’t we deserve to know where are food comes from and how it’s produced?

I also think there’s also an ethical piece to this issue. Even though we can, should we make changes to nature that aren’t natural?

Children are especially susceptible to the effects of GM foods.

Download the Institute for Responsible Technology’s Non-GMO Shopping Guide to make sure you avoid foods made with genetically modified organisms.

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