Despite Food and Drug Administration approval, GMO salmon might be dead in the water. Thanks to the inspiring work of thousands of Friends of the Earth members and allies, 80 grocery retailers, seafood companies and restaurants with more than 18,000 locations nationwide have listened to scientists and consumers and made commitments to not sell GMO salmon; these include Walmart, Costco and Kroger, the top three largest retailers in the world, and Albertsons, Safeway, Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Also, a growing number of chefs and restaurant chains including Red Lobster and Legal Sea Foods have made similar commitments.
Join the movement of restaurants, chefs and grocery retailers that are committing to keep GMO salmon off their shelves.
Instead of altering the animal, we need to fix the farm. Instead of creating GMO pigs that are resistant to diseases, we should focus on the root cause of the problem: industrial agriculture and horrendous factory farm conditions.
Demanding regulatory action on GMO salmon
Although nearly 2 million people — including scientists, fishers, business owners and consumers — wrote to the Food and Drug Administration in opposition to the approval of AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage® genetically engineered salmon, the FDA approved this GMO fish for commercial sale in November 2015. Friends of the Earth and our allies are demanding government accountability. We are currently part of a broad coalition of environmental, consumer and commercial and recreational fishing organizations that have sued the FDA for approving the GMO salmon.
Approval of GMO salmon sets a dangerous precedent
Featherless chickens, hens that lay hypoallergenic eggs, cows that produce only male offspring – these are just a few of the hypothesized applications for genetically engineered animals in agriculture. With the approval of GMO salmon, the U.S. became the first government in the world to approve a genetically engineered animal for commercial sale and consumption. This sets a dangerous precedent for other genetically engineered animals.
At least 35 species of genetically engineered fish are currently in development. And researchers are also exploring applications for pharmaceuticals and industrial production, such as animals that grow organs for human transplantation or goats that produce spider silk. The FDA has already approved genetically engineered goats that secrete an anticoagulant drug in their milk.
Thanks to pressure from Friends of the Earth and thousands of our members who highlighted the many sustainability and health concerns surrounding genetically engineered salmon and the lack of consumer demand, 80 food retailers have made commitments to not sell GE salmon, including Walmart, Costco, Albertson’s, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and…
Friends of the Earth helped stopped what would’ve been the first release of millions of GMO mosquitoes in the U.S. Once again, the GMO mosquito company, Oxitec, is asking the EPA to approve the release of 52 million GMO mosquitoes per week in Texas and Florida.
GMO mosquitoes could be a disaster. Once millions of mosquitoes are released into the environment, they cannot be “recalled.” Independent scientists have raised serious concerns about the impact GMO mosquitoes could have on the health of people and sensitive ecosystems.
But, despite the risks, the EPA is considering approving these mosquitoes as pesticides.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg – a whole slew of GMO insects are in the pipeline, including GMO moths and flies.
Tell the EPA that we don’t want to be part of a GMO mosquito experiment. We need independent environmental and health safety assessments and a regulatory system equipped to deal with the novel risks from genetically engineered insects before these, or other, GMO insects are released.
Despite scientific concerns and public outcry over the human health and environment risks, the field trial’s first phase will release up to 144,000 GE mosquitoes over the course of the next 12 weeks. The full trial will release up to a billion GE mosquitoes over a two-year period in Monroe…
This week, thirteen national advocacy groups concerned about public health, environment, and animal welfare urged key federal agencies to maintain regulatory authority over genetically engineered food animals within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Top food service company Aramark just announced its commitment not to sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon. The producer of the salmon, AquaBounty Technologies, announced plans to sell its first-ever harvest in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.