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Genetically Engineered Salmon is Blocked by House Vote


This week the House of Representatives voted to “prohibit FDA funds to approve any application for approval of genetically engineered salmon,” effectively blocking GE salmon from being available on the market for us to eat. The bill, which was passed last Thursday, has the approval of many in the food community and few naysayers, I’m sure.

Sustainable Business reported, “‘We thank members of the House for stepping in to correct FDA’s misguided decision to go ahead with this approval process which fails to take into account a plethora of economic, human health, environmental and animal welfare concerns,’ says Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety.”

With environmental risk to wild populations should transgenic fish escape with their decreased disease resistance and the consequences of GE food consumption still unknown to the fullest, undoing the FDA’s prior September 2010 decision to move forward seems like a win on many levels. (Read: Why the FDA Should Not Rush Approving GE Salmon).

Still, some are not happy, claiming this vote will mean scientists will be wary of venturing into the market, “Investors are not going to want to risk the possibility of Congress voting to ban their products after years of investment and regulatory scrutiny.” I, for one, am happy for that, as I don’t need more genetically modified organisms in my life, but less.

Interested in learning more? Check out Making My Family Go GMO-free: Can genetically modified food really be avoided?

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