Ready to eat: the first GM fish for the dinner table by Steve Connor, www.independent.co.uk | December 24, 2012
‘A GM salmon which grows twice as fast as ordinary fish could become the first genetically-modified animal in the world to be declared officially safe to eat, after America’s powerful food-safety watchdog ruled it posed no major health or environmental risks…’
There are all these reassurances that it won’t mix with wild salmon and take over from them! Really?
Many people don’t approve of the genetic modification of living creatures. It goes against my beliefs and conscience. I don’t trust any food modified like this. I won’t eat it voluntarily. I demand that non-GMO food producers (the good guys) label their products so that I know which products to buy and which to avoid. I demand that governments not interfere in the future with voluntary labeling for producers who want to label their foods.
I don’t trust government reassurances that something like this is safe or won’t spread, and I don’t expect them or trust them to mandate labeling – that’s a fantasy. They don’t protect us from anything.
More than ordinary labels, we should have information packages from all food producers from now on – available on request – and if they don’t provide it, I don’t want to buy it.
What about the “intellectual property” issues – the control issues in other words. That whole concept of “owning” genetically modified living creatures – like their stinking fish – can interfere with our personal freedoms and property rights. It already does when it comes to grains. If it’s your “design” and you love it so much, keep it away from me.
This article lists a lot of transgenic species that have already been created: microbes, pigs, fish, frogs, chickens, and the infamous “spider-goat”:
“2002: The first commercially viable GM animal is created from two species by Nexia Biotechnologies in rural Quebec. The “spider-goat” has a single gene from a golden orb-weaving spider which means its milk contains spiders silk, five times the strength of steel, which is used for making bullet proof vests.”