FDA refuses to require labeling of genetically modified salmon labeling
As the FDA stands poised to approve genetically modified (GM) salmon safe for public consumption, the next logical question concerns how GM salmon would be labeled. Would the fish come with a large red warning that says, "Genetically modified salmon"?
As it turns out, no. In fact, the FDA has already gone on the record stating it will not require any special labeling of genetically modified salmon. You, the consumer, just have to take a wild guess because you're not allowed to know what you're really eating.
The biotech industry takes this absurdity one step further by claiming that labeling GM foods would just "confuse" consumers. David Edwards, the director of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, explained it in this way: "Extra labeling only confuses the consumer," he says. "It differentiates products that are not different."
Except that they are different. If they were really no different, then AquAdvantage company wouldn't be growing them. The whole point of genetically modified salmon is that they are modified with extra growth hormone genes to make them grow more quickly. I don't know where David Edwards is getting his information, but in the rest of the world, when something is different, that means it's different.
If it's no different, then why are so many GM salmon processes patented? If it's no different, there would be nothing to patent. The entire purpose of a patent is to make a legal claim that "we invented something different" and we own the monopoly rights to it.
The GM salmon industry can't have it both ways, you see. They can't claim it's so unique that their technologies and animals should be proprietary or patented, yet when it comes to food labeling, they claim there are no differences. It's either different or it isn't, and in the case of GM salmon, only an outright liar would look you in the eye and claim GM salmon is identical to regular farmed salmon or wild-caught salmon.
FDA insists on keeping people in the dark
The FDA, for its sad part in this saga, claims that it would be against the law to require the honest labeling of GM foods. This agency claims that since GM salmon is identical to regular salmon (it's "no different" once again, they say), they can't require it to be labeled any differently.
Except, of course, it is different. The genetic code of GM salmon is provably different, and since that genetic code is imprinted in every cell of the fish flesh, consumers are buying genetically modified fish with a different genetic code whose sole purpose was to alter the biochemistry of that fish so that it would grow larger more quickly. Thus, the physical expression of GM salmon is, by definition, different from the physical expression of regular salmon.
When you eat genetically modified salmon, you are eating something that's different from regular (natural) salmon.
Word game trickery
What the FDA and biotech industries are doing with the GM salmon issue is playing word games, trying to confuse consumers with sleight-of-mouth language intentionally designed to mislead and misinform. They've already decided they want to approve GM salmon and they don't want it to be accurately labeled. In essence, they want to trick consumers into buying GM salmon by making them think it's natural salmon.
The trouble with this FDA hucksterism is that the people aren't as stupid as the FDA thinks, and they aren't going to be fooled by this genetically engineered salmon. That's because the minute the FDA approves this Frankenfish, NaturalNews.com and a long list of other websites are going to alert the whole world to the simple truths of the matter:
Truth #1) Genetically engineered salmon is different from regular salmon.
Truth #2) The FDA is going out of its way to make sure GM salmon isn't accurately labeled.
This is a Frankenfood cover-up, pure and simple, and the public is going to be outraged that the FDA would introduce a genetically engineered fish into the food supply without even requiring it to be accurately labeled!
Sources for this story include: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/18/AR2010091803808.html