GMO Animals

  • Food & Agriculture Tell the EPA: Say no to GMO mosquitoes
  • Food & Agriculture Tell food companies you want natural ingredients — not new genetically engineered products

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 WalmartCostco 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.

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GMO Animals: From Lab to Factory Farm
GMO Animals: From Lab to Factory Farm

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.

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Keeping Our Food System Safe
Keeping Our Food System Safe

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…

GMO Mosquitoes

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.

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Amid coronavirus crisis, federal approval of genetically engineered mosquito ignores risk

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the release of millions of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in Monroe County, Florida and Harris County, Texas.

Gene-edited animals will intensify factory farming and the climate crisis, could harm human health

A new report from Friends of the Earth and Logos Environmental reveals that the use of gene editing in farm animals poses risks to human health, the environment and animal welfare.

FDA Lifts Import Ban on Genetically Engineered Salmon

The FDA's decision to allow GMO salmon onto the U. S. market runs counter to sound science and market demand. More than 80 retailers have said they won't sell this risky, unlabeled GMO fish and polls show consumers don't want it.

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