Frankenfish salmon threat, petition


From Avaaz:

Dear friends,

Frankenfish

The US is about to treat the world to the first genetically modified meat: a mutant salmon that could wipe out wild salmon populations and threaten human health. Unless we stop it, this Frankenfish could open the floodgates for biotech meat around the world. Click below to build 1 million voices to stop it:

The US is about to treat the world to the first genetically modified meat: a mutant salmon that could wipe out wild salmon populations and threaten human health — but we can stop it now before our plates are filled with suspicious Frankenfish.

The new fake salmon grows twice as fast as the real one, and not even scientists know its long-term health effects. Yet it’s about to be declared safe for us to eat, based on studies paid for by the company that created the GMO creature! Luckily, the US is legally required to consider public opinion before deciding. A growing coalition of consumers, environmentalists, and fishermen is calling on the government to trash this fishy deal. Let’s urgently build an avalanche of global support to help them win.

The consultation is happening right now and we have a real chance to keep mutant fish off the menu. Sign to stop Frankenfish and share widely — when we reach 1 million, our call will be officially submitted to the public consultation:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_frankenfish_r/?bHFhfab&v=21092

The company that developed the Frankenfish altered the DNA of the salmon to create a fish that would grow at lightning speed, year-round. Not only do we not understand its long term health effects, if a few of them or their eggs reached the wild, these super-salmon could decimate entire wild salmon populations. Worse, once they hit supermarkets, we won’t be able to tell apart Frankenfish and real salmon, so there won’t be a way to avoid it!

The biotech industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying governments to approve its GM crops. Frankenfish is their next million dollar baby — it could open the floodgates for other transgenic meats. But the US government will consider public opinion before it makes its final decision — if we can stun them with a giant global opposition when they least expect it, we can stop this reckless deal.

Frankenfish is on the verge of being approved — let’s make sure biotech companies don’t decide what we eat. Help build one million voices to stop the mutant fish:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_frankenfish_r/?bHFhfab&v=21092

Avaaz members have come together to protect the natural world and our food system from dangerous meddling. In 2010, over 1 million of us spoke out against genetically modified food in Europe. Let’s come together again to stop Frankenfish.

With hope,

Jamie, Nick, Emma, Dalia, Emily, Paul, Ricken, Wen-Hua and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Engineered Fish Moves a Step Closer to Approval (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/business/gene-altered-fish-moves-closer-to-federal-approval.html

GM salmon: FDA’s assessment of environmental risks (LA Times)
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-aquabounty-salmon-fda-assesses-risks-20121224,0,2554480.story

Genetically Modified Animals (Women’s Health Magazine)
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/genetically-modified-animals

Protect our waters from GE Salmon (Center for Food Safety)
http://ge-fish.org/

Below the Surface: The Dangers of Genetically Engineered Salmon (Food & Water Watch)
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/below-the-surface/

Genetically Engineered Salmon (Ocean Conservancy)
http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/aquaculture/aquaculture-genetically.html

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  3. Dear Avaazers across Europe,

    Industrial fishing fleets are vacuuming up so many fish, they are driving them to extinction! But in 24 hours, the EU could vote for a bold new plan to end overfishing. Big fishing interests are going all out to scupper the deal, so our messages now to key MEPs can make all the difference:

    sign the petition
    The world’s oceans will soon run out of fish, unless we rein in ruthless fishing fleets! Luckily in 24 hours, the EU Parliament could vote for a bold new plan to save our seas.

    Many MEPs support the historic deal that would end overfishing. But a group of countries in bed with powerful fishing interests — led by France and Spain — are bullying ‘undecided’ MEPs to vote no or abstain. If we build a huge wave of public support now, we can convince parliamentarians to ensure science, not greed, determines the fate of our fish.

    The vote is in 24 hours — if we win, it’ll set in motion one of the strongest global crackdowns on overfishing! Send an urgent message to the 23 MEPs who can make the difference:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_our_fish_a/?bHFhfab&v=21663

    Overfishing has already wiped out 90% of the world’s large predatory fish like tuna, sharks and cod. Europe’s fishing policy has been a colossal failure and has contributed to the collapse — 88% of Europe’s seas are overexploited, so monster boats must venture ever further to plunder the seas from Africa to the Pacific.

    The stakes are high. Changing EU’s policy from one based on ministers haggling for national quotas to one based on science and long-term sustainability could start rebuilding healthy oceans everywhere. Yet not only are MEPs from France and Spain scheming to gut this deal, the vote could be buried in a sea of other proposals and some MEPs might abstain simply because they’re unaware of the issue. But experts say our voices count! A tidal wave of public support to key MEPs is exactly what we need to save our fish.

    The European Fisheries Committee has already agreed to a progressive plan — all we need to do is get behind it and give it a massive push. Send an urgent message to key European MEPs now — we have 24 hours!

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_our_fish_a/?bHFhfab&v=21663

    We’ve already fought and won for our oceans. Avaaz members were pivotal in British and Australian government decisions to create the world’s two largest marine protected areas. But we’ve still got a long way to go in our struggle and right now, our fight is here in Europe, one of the world’s biggest catchers and the largest consumer of fish. Let’s make sure we win this!

    With hope and determination,

    Jamie, Alex, Lisa, Ari, Iain, Ricken, Maria Paz, Luis and the whole Avaaz team

    MORE INFORMATION

    No more seafood by 2050? (New Scientist)
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10433-no-more-seafood-by-2050.html

    Davos 2013: Iceland slams Europe over fishing policy (BBC News)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21206881

    Q&A: Reform of EU fishing policy (BBC News)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14143606

    UK cod collapse due to overfishing and political failure, says fisheries expert (Guardian)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/30/uk-cod-collapse-overfishing

    OCEAN2012: A coalition of over 100 organisations, working for a brighter future for our oceans
    http://ocean2012.eu/

  4. Wow — amazing response! In days, we’ll deliver our petition to the US Food & Drug Administration and create a media storm. Help us reach 1 million by signing and sharing the petition to your right!

    Dear friends,

    The US is about to treat the world to the first genetically modified meat: a mutant salmon that could wipe out wild salmon populations and threaten human health. Unless we stop it, this Frankenfish could open the floodgates for biotech meat around the world. Click below to build 1 million voices to stop it:

    Sign the petition
    The US is about to treat the world to the first genetically modified meat: a mutant salmon that could wipe out wild salmon populations and threaten human health — but we can stop it now before our plates are filled with suspicious Frankenfish.

    The new fake salmon grows twice as fast as the real one, and not even scientists know its long-term health effects. Yet it’s about to be declared safe for us to eat, based on studies paid for by the company that created the GMO creature! Luckily, the US is legally required to consider public opinion before deciding. A growing coalition of consumers, environmentalists, and fishermen is calling on the government to trash this fishy deal. Let’s urgently build an avalanche of global support to help them win.

    The consultation is happening right now and we have a real chance to keep mutant fish off the menu. Sign to stop Frankenfish and share widely — when we reach 1 million, our call will be officially submitted to the public consultation:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_frankenfish_r/?bHFhfab&v=21885

    The company that developed the Frankenfish altered the DNA of the salmon to create a fish that would grow at lightning speed, year-round. Not only do we not understand its long term health effects, if a few of them or their eggs reached the wild, these super-salmon could decimate entire wild salmon populations. Worse, once they hit supermarkets, we won’t be able to tell apart Frankenfish and real salmon, so there won’t be a way to avoid it!

    The biotech industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying governments to approve its GM crops. Frankenfish is their next million dollar baby — it could open the floodgates for other transgenic meats. But the US government will consider public opinion before it makes its final decision — if we can stun them with a giant global opposition when they least expect it, we can stop this reckless deal.

    Frankenfish is on the verge of being approved — let’s make sure biotech companies don’t decide what we eat. Help build one million voices to stop the mutant fish:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_frankenfish_r/?bHFhfab&v=21885

    Avaaz members have come together to protect the natural world and our food system from dangerous meddling. In 2010, over 1 million of us spoke out against genetically modified food in Europe. Let’s come together again to stop Frankenfish.

    With hope,

    Jamie, Nick, Emma, Dalia, Emily, Paul, Ricken, Wen-Hua and the whole Avaaz team

    MORE INFORMATION

    Engineered Fish Moves a Step Closer to Approval (NY Times)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/business/gene-altered-fish-moves-closer-to-federal-approval.html

    GM salmon: FDA’s assessment of environmental risks (LA Times)
    http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-aquabounty-salmon-fda-assesses-risks-20121224,0,2554480.story

    Genetically Modified Animals (Women’s Health Magazine)
    http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/genetically-modified-animals

    Protect our waters from GE Salmon (Center for Food Safety)
    http://ge-fish.org/

    Below the Surface: The Dangers of Genetically Engineered Salmon (Food & Water Watch)
    http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/below-the-surface/

    Genetically Engineered Salmon (Ocean Conservancy)
    http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/aquaculture/aquaculture-genetically.html

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  6. I don’t want supersized, artificial hormone-pumped salmon on my dinner plate. But the FDA could approve genetically modified (GMO) salmon any day now if they don’t hear from us. And since most states don’t require GMO labeling, we may not even know if we’re eating these “frankenfish.”

    Help us keep GMO salmon out of our food supply. Send a message to the FDA now >>

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    Tell the FDA: Protect our health, ecosystem, and wildlife – don’t approve Genetically Modified Salmon >>

    Take action now to
    keep Genetically
    Modified Salmon out
    of our food supply >>

    Dear Activist,

    Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I love a good piece of salmon. There’s nothing better than walking into my mom’s house and smelling her special salmon recipe baking in the oven.

    But when I come home for the holidays this year, it could be one of the last times I can count on that salmon being natural and artificial hormone-free.

    Right now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is deciding whether to allow genetically modified (GMO) salmon to enter our food supply. If approved, these “frankenfish” could pose serious risks to our health, our ecosystems, and our wild salmon stocks.

    Tell the FDA to keep GMO Salmon out of our grocery stores and our food supply!

    They call them frankenfish for a reason.

    The company that makes them — AquaBounty — is taking Atlantic salmon and splicing them with genes from an eel pout and growth hormone from a Chinook salmon. The result is a salmon that produces growth hormone year-round and grows twice as fast.

    They have not been proven safe for us to eat, but they have been shown to be less healthy than other salmon — producing less of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-GMO salmon. If we don’t speak out now, the FDA may use one flawed study to approve this fish.

    And the worst part is that you won’t be able to shop around the problem. Since we still don’t have GMO labeling in most states, when you go to the grocery store, you won’t be able to tell the difference between these frankenfish and other salmon.

    Senators like Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Alaska’s Mark Begich have been leading the charge to ban these frankenfish. We hope you’ll join them in speaking out now.

    The good news is that we have a lot of environmental champions in the Senate who will stand up against this terrible bill. But as I write this, I’m sure that the natural gas and oil companies are sending all their high-paid lobbyists to Capitol Hill to try to get this pushed through.

    Supersize our fish? No, thank you! Tell the FDA to reject GMO salmon here >>

    One other huge concern is the threat these frankenfish could pose to our wild salmon if they got out of their farms. The GMO salmon consume five times more food than wild salmon, and are more aggressive. Introducing these traits into the wild population could be devastating.

    AquaBounty says that these salmon have been engineered so that they wouldn’t reproduce if they did escape. But you’ve seen Jurassic Park right? As Jeff Goldblum’s character put it, “Life finds a way.”

    I’m not willing to risk the future of our wild salmon population on the promises of one company. Are you?

    If you want to keep our wild salmon protected and our families healthy, please send a message to the FDA today.

    Best,

    Vanessa Kritzer
    Online Campaigns Manager
    League of Conservation Voters

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