Keep Genetically Engineered Fish Out of Walmart Stores
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Despite widespread public outcry, the FDA has approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This has gone against recommendations from environmental and consumer groups, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fisherman associations, American Indian tribes, food companies, and approximately 2 million letters sent to the FDA opposing the decision. Moreover, this is the first genetically modified animal ever planned for the public to consume. This fish species has been created in a laboratory by splicing the DNA of multiple natural fish species together, to make an animal that would not exist in nature. There are multiple issues that have been raised by critics:
- the fish were shown to be 40% more likely to cause an allergic reaction in people, with obvious consequences to human health
- the fish were shown to be more disease-prone than natural fish, which poses a risk to wild salmon should the fish or eggs ever accidentally mix
- the fish were shown to maintain some fertility, despite the requirement for sterility, which also poses a risk to non-genetically engineered wild salmon
- the fish will be regulated under the new "animal drug" provision because the recombinate DNA process results in what meets the agency's definition of a drug
However, possibly the most alarming aspect of the FDA's decision is that the genetically engineered fish will not be required to be labeled! This means that the public will not even be able to choose whether or not they want to consume this synthetic food, whether at a restaurant or at a grocery store such as Walmart. Walmart's statement of ethics, namely "Service to our customers" and "Act with Integrity", obliges Walmart to reconsider presenting this food item without a label and with no indication as genetically engineered, on shelves across the country to unsuspecting consumers, as equal to actual natural fish. This is more than a health and an environmental issue, it is one of ethics, and the right of the people to know what they are buying from Walmart to put on the dinner tables of their families.
"Personal and moral integrity is one of our basic fundamentals and it has to start with each of us." - Sam Walton, Walmart Founder
Greg Foran and the Board of Directors, please follow the words of your founder and commit not to sell genetically engineered salmon at your stores.
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