Environmental Group Sues To Overturn GMO Salmon Ruling
A coalition of environmental groups has sued U.S. health regulators over their decision to allow the farming of genetically modified salmon. The FDA approved GMO salmon back in November. Environmental groups and consumers were dismayed and discouraged by the announcement. The GMO salmon approval was a landmark decision due to it being the first for animals that would be used in our food supply.
Now they may see their day in court. The Center for Food Safety, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth are heading up the coalition which looks to overturn the ruling.
The incentive for Big Food is that in the case of genetically modified animals, they can cut down growth time. According to Reuters, AquaBounty, a company that would produce the GMO salmon for consumers, can grow their salmon to marketplace standards in half the time when compared to “normal salmon.”
The slippery slope in the case of producing GMO salmon is infinite and unfathomable. As labeling laws are continually contested by government officials, it would be difficult to detect which salmon products would even be safe. A sharp decline in salmon costs combined with a lack of general awareness would lead to massive GMO consumption.
We should hope the coalition is successful in their suit. We rely heavily on this sort of activism.