FAKE SALMON- Some interesting articles I have read lately, thought you would like.
When you think of salmon in the wild, you're usually imagining a bunch of strong, determined fish swimming upward through a waterfall, maybe while getting chased by bears. It's the blood rushing through the powerful salmon's veins that makes its flesh so pink and healthy -- by devouring it, you also absorb its strength and the spirit of the untamed Alaskan wilderness. At least, that used to be how it worked. Most of the salmon you eat today has never swum a single damn inch upstream . Instead of the Alaskan wilderness, today's salmon only contain the spirit of the cramped, overcrowded salmon farms in which they spent their entire lives. Because the fish can't move much and their diet consists entirely of aquarium pellets, the salmon that arrives at your local Supermarket is as gray as a British winter.
So how do they recapture the soul of Alaska? They pump the salmon full of pink dye, obviously. The pellets they feed to those aquatic prisoners are infused with a line of colouring agents developed by the pharmaceutical giant “Hoffman-La Roche” and selected according to a colour fan. That's right -- just like the ones you use to choose the colour of your wall paint from the hardware store. Behold, the SalmoFan:
This is no small-scale stuff, either. It is said that about 95% of Atlantic salmon is currently farmed, and pretty much all of it is dyed.
Now to top this is what I have just signed a petition for and that is to stop GE Salmon from coming into our country.
Ready to feast on the world's first fake salmon?
Hungry to savor the "first genetically modified animal approved for widespread commercial production and human food,"
If YES, then 2012 might be your lucky gastronomic year, as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is quite anxious to approve AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon... dubbed "Frankenfish" by its many critics... and the FDA apparently doesn't give a damn what the public thinks.
About GMO Salmon
Briefly, AquaBounty Technologies has engineered a fast-growing Atlantic salmon by "artificially combining growth hormones from an unrelated Pacific salmon with DNA from the anti-freeze genes of an eelpout.
"This modification causes production of growth-hormone year-round, creating a fish the company claims grows at twice the normal rate, allowing factory fish farms to crowd fish into pens and still get high production rates," per the Center for Food Safety.
The result is a farmed, genetically modified salmon... transgenic salmon... that reaches market in half the time, 18 months rather than three years. The company christened its new creation the AquAdvantage salmon.
Critics and Opponents
Criticisms and vital concerns over the AquAdvantage salmon have been lodged by a broad spectrum of anguished public:
By academics and scientists specializing in biotechnology, animal genomics, sustainable science, nutrition and health, toxicology, and more. A fascinating NPR discussion between two such academics, from UC Davis and Dartmouth College, can be found if you just type in "Debating Genetically Modified Salmon".
The New York Times then reported in Chefs Joint Campaign Against Altered Fish, "The boycott is being led by the Center for Food Safety, Clean Water Action and Friends of the Earth... The list of chefs allied with them include high-profile names like Thomas Keller of the French Laundry.. ; Michel Richard of Citronelle... ; and in New York, Mario Batali at Babbo, Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Jean Georges, David Pasternack at Esca and Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin."
Some groups say fish fakery is a health problem and an environmental one, as well. Farm-raised salmon can contain more fat and antibiotics. And some tropical fish carry ciguatera, which can cause devastating neurological effects similar to multiple sclerosis. Often, endangered species are sold as more common types.
"American consumers would be outraged if they ordered roast beef and they got horse meat or God forbid, whale meat," Hirshfield said. "They should be outraged if they order snapper and they get tilapia or some endangered species."
"I think American consumers should be really unhappy about the fact they are not getting what they pay for when it comes to ordering fish a really large percentage of the time," he said.
The FDA has purchased five DNA testing machines and hopes to start testing for fish fraud by the end of the year.
Oceana said it wants the FDA to require fish to be tagged, tracked and then tested.
"As we do this testing," Therion's Gergits said, "we can't understand why there is not more legislation, not more proactive action to curtail this sort of behavior."
The National Fisheries Institute, the nation's largest seafood trade association, started the Better Seafood Board in 2007 to deal with fish fraud.
Spokesman Gavin Gibbons said the mislabeling of fish was not just species substitution, "it's fraud and there are very real consequences for perpetrating fraud."
INTERESTING SUBJECT FOR YOU TO PONDER AND ACT ON I HOPE.