48 hours left to tell the FDA you won't eat GMO salmon!
The FDA recently announced that GMO salmon were "safe" to eat based on flimsy "scienific" research only provided by the same company that stands to profit from its patented genes. As the first GMO animal engineered for human consumption, it's appalling that the U.S. governement refused to consider independent scientific studies. Even worse, real scientific studies have shown that the release of GMO salmon into the wild could drive wild salmon populations to extinction! In addition, there are no assurances that there will not be any longterm health consequences for citizens who are forced to unknowingly eat GMO salmon, which cannot be labeled under current U.S. laws.
We can't allow this to happen. This weekend, the FDA is holding a hearing for public comments. We have 48 hours to make our voices heard. Please sign today!
Here is a sample of the comments that we will send in on your behalf to the FDA. Please add your own comments to make your statement even more powerful.
Dear [Decision Maker]
CC: Commissioner Hamburg, FDA;Principal Deputy Commissioner Sharfstein, FDA; Secretary Vilsack, USDA; Administrator Lubchenco, NOAA; Deputy Director Gould, Fish and Wildlife Service; Secretary Salazar, Dept. of Interior; Secretary Sebelius, Dept. of Health and Human Services; President Obama
RE: Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0001 and Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0385
VMAC Meeting on approval of AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon; Labeling of AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon
I urge you to reject the approval of AquaBounty's genetically modified GMO salmon.
As the first transgenic species to be intended for human consumption, AquaBounty's GMO fish has failed to meet the most basic requirements of peer-reviewed scientific standards. Unfortunately, the FDA has failed to require rigorous independent scientific testing to adequately protect the safety of human health, wild fish populations and the environment.
It is unacceptable that consumers continue to be denied their right to know what's in their food and how it's produced. Also, under current law, these genetically engineered salmon would not have to be labeled, therefore leaving consumers in the dark about what they are eating.
As such, AquaBounty's GMO salmon should be rejected to protect consumer and environmental safety.