Take Action: Sign the petition telling FDA not to approve GE salmonJanuary 30, 2013
Please take action to protect wild salmon and oppose the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon - the first genetically engineered animal meant for human consumption. Your participation is vital and will only take a few minutes.
FDA has recommended approval of the GE salmon as a "new animal drug," meaning the genetically engineered salmon is subjected to a less rigorous safety review than if it were classified as a food additive. The agency is taking public comments through February 25, 2013 and is likely to approve engineered salmon after the comment period ends -- unless the public can convince them to conduct a full environmental impact statement.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service have raised concerns over the approval. Based on our review of the FDA's "Finding of No Significant Impact" and relevant scientific information, Wild Fish Conservancy opposes the approval due to the potential for adverse ecological impacts including:
- Risk of escape of GE salmon and interbreeding with wild Atlantic salmon and/or establishing competing populations
- Risk of competing in the wild for food and rearing space with at-risk wild salmon populations
- Risk of spread of the modified genes to wild populations.
Learn about how GE salmon poses threats to human health, the environment and the economy.
More than 300 environmental, consumer, health, animal welfare, salmon and fishing associations, food companies, chefs and restaurants filed a joint statement opposing approval.
There are two things you can do:
- Sign the petition telling FDA not to approve GE salmon!
- (When submitting your own comments, please also demand that the FDA conduct a full environmental impact statement)
The petition also asks the FDA to require labeling of GE salmon if they do approve it. WFC supports labeling, but believes that opposing the approval is the most important comment to make. The deadline for comments is April 26, 2013 (updated).