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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:12 PM

Genetically Engineered Meat, Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You

If you’re one of the 91 percent of Americans who opposes genetically engineered (GE) meat, you may have limited time to act: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed approval of the first-ever GE animal, called “AquAdvantage Salmon.” If this first approval proceeds, the process is likely to become top secret in the future: we won’t find out about new GE animals until after they’re approved for human consumption, and they won’t be labeled. Welcome to the new world of genetically engineered meat — unless we act now.

The problems begin with FDA’s bizarre decision to consider GE meat using its “New Animal Drug Approval” (NADA) process, a process designed for evaluation of new animal drugs (hence the name), not genetically engineered animals. The GE salmon themselves are, according to this analysis, the animal drug. As food blogger Ari LeVaux explains on Civil Eats, “the drug per se is AquaBounty’s patented genetic construct... Inserted at the animal’s one-cell stage, the gene sequence exists in every cell of the adult fish’s body.”

Of course, NADA was not designed to analyze the human health or environmental consequences of new animal drugs, and because the animals are the drugs in this process, their welfare is also ignored. In all three areas, there is ample reason for concern.

Since they aren’t consumed by humans, new animal drugs are not evaluated for their human health impact, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that FDA’s analysis in this area has been almost nonexistent. Health and consumer rights advocates have raised alarms, noting among other concerns, that: 1) these animals will require massive doses of antibiotics to keep them alive in dirty, crowded aquaculture conditions, and we don’t know these antibiotics’ effect on human health; 2) the limited testing that has been conducted was carried out by or for AquaBounty and included shockingly small sample sizes; and 3) what studies have been done indicated increased allergic potential and increased levels of the hormone IGF-1, which is linked to various cancers — an outcome ignored in FDA’s approval according to the Consumers Union, Food & Water Watch, and the Center for Food Safety.


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Redfairen Feb 2013 OP
undergroundpanther Feb 2013 #1
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flvegan Feb 2013 #3
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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:35 PM

1. and it is a bizzare way to feed too many people that are killing this planet.

Unless people get population in check there will be nothing natural left to eat because this planet will die.


clones from dead cows
http://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2003/09/20084915458998404.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-111842/Jurassic-Calf.html#axzz2KekMPQTZ


we are all zombies,plants live off death,we live off death,we live but we die all the time,cell by cell.
the mad scientists are trying to save people from their own cancer like behavior.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:36 PM

2. K & R

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:53 AM

3. Fuck you, it tastes good and who cares?

I've learned that here.

No, wait...I learned to mock it here.

Have at it mods.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:02 AM

4. I'm fine with GE food, theoretically

But not labeling it as such? Bullshit, and I can't fathom how they can try to justify or rationalize such an outrageous decision. Clearly the interest of the people is not at play, but the corporate elite who seek only profits.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:12 AM

5. Where are the health insurance corporations' lobbyists on this sh*t?

Sleeping on the dough?

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