Legislation In Alaska Requiring Labeling Of GMO Salmon Will Now Be Reversed By The Senate’s Fake Labeling Bill

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Wes Maxwell
July 15, 2016

In light of the Senate’s recently passed GMO fake-labeling bill, giving food manufacturers voluntary responsibility to label their products’ GMOs, Alaskans received an additional blunder.

Republican Senator, Lisa Murkoswki, took to the Senate floor on July 7 to discuss her concerns with the Senate’s recent approval allowing food companies to manufacture and sell genetically engineered salmon in the state of Alaska without providing clear, transparent GMO labeling.

Prior to the recent approval of the Monsanto-backed GMO fake labeling bill, Alaskan law required labels on all products containing genetically engineered salmon. As laid out in the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act, the new legislation “would allow the Agriculture Department to determine which foods qualify as genetically modified and let companies choose the method of disclosing genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients to consumers.”

This marks the first time in history that the FDA signed off on allowing the production and sale of a genetically engineered species designed specifically for human consumption.

Alaskans calling genetically engineered salmon “Frankenfish”

To make this GE salmon, scientists are taking DNA from an ocean pout, a type of eel, and combining that with DNA from a Chinook salmon to produce what many Alaskans are calling a “Frankenfish.”

While the FDA has reassured concerned Alaskans that the voluntary labeling stipulations of the recently passed bill will be enough to ease their worries, Alaskans are not convinced.

Alaskan Senator, Lisa Murkowski, voiced her concerns to the Senate last week over the approval of voluntary labeling stipulations for this genetically engineered salmon. “My opposition here is to anything that would mistakenly allow genetically engineered salmon into anyone’s home and have it mislabeled as salmon,” Murkowski said.

Senator Lisa Murkowski takes to the Senate to voice Alaska’s disapproval of GE salmon

Alaskan citizens have voiced their disapproval as well, as over 1.5 million of Alaska’s population wrote the FDA detailing their unified opposition to the bill. Additionally, numerous Alaskan grocery stores, including Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Target, have announced they will refuse to sell genetically engineered salmon without mandatory labeling requirements.

Not only does this pose huge health concerns for Alaskans, as they will not know whether the salmon they buy at the grocery store is true, wild Atlantic salmon or if it is some genetically engineered “Frankenfish,” it also poses an enormous threat to Alaska’s seafood industry.

Providing more than 63,000 jobs and contributing over $4.6 billion to the state economy, Alaskan fisheries play a critical role in the maintenance of the state’s overall livelihood. Under the stipulations of the FDA’s approval for aqua bounty technology last November, these genetically engineered salmon eggs will be produced in Canada, and then shipped off to Panama to be raised in pens, providing no benefit to the American economy, let alone the Alaskan economy.

Senator Murkowski spoke of the grave dangers this poses to the Alaskan economy, claiming GE salmon “has the potential to wreak havoc, to do harm to our natural stocks … [and] poses a serious threat to the livelihood of our fisherman.”

As a result, Senator Murkowski is pushing for the approval of an amendment to the recently passed non-GMO labeling bill requiring the FDA to create a new market name for GE salmon, but has been met with strong opposition.

“We will not accept that ge salmon, or this Frankenfish, be sold to us without clear labeling,” Murkowski told the Senate last week.

As Alaskans remain united in their opposition to the sale of unlabeled GE salmon, Senator Murkowski is doing everything she can to be make sure the voice of her people is being heard. Wild Alaskan salmon provides a myriad of tremendous health benefits, providing a natural source of lean protein, Omega 3’s, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and niacin. It would be a shame to see a nutrient depleted, genetically modified “Frankenfish” be sold alongside true Alaskan salmon as one in the same.

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Frankenfish: Canada Approves First Ever GMO Salmon

Source: RTAmerica
Alex Mihailovich
May 25, 2016

Health authorities in Canada have approved the sale of GMO salmon that grow three times faster than natural fish, making it the first genetically altered animal to be allowed for consumption in the country. RT America’s Alex Mihailovich joins Lindsay France to discuss.

Groups File Lawsuit to Block FDA’s Approval of GM Salmon

Environmental Group Says FDA Overstepped It’s Bounds

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Julie Fidler
April 4, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing a lawsuit filed by nearly a dozen fishing and environmental groups that are trying to block the agency’s recent approval of genetically modified salmon.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks to block the FDA’s jurisdiction over a range of new genetically engineered animals under development, including the fast-growing AquAdvantage salmon and hornless dairy cows. The groups accuse the agency in the lawsuit of overstepping its authority in approving the fish, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. [1]

The groups say the FDA’s regulation of such technology under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act goes beyond the law’s scope. The agency approved the salmon under provisions covering animal drugs. The 64-page lawsuit argues the agency failed to protect the environment and consult wildlife agencies in its review process, which federal law requires.

#GoodNewsNextWeek – Bacteria Eats Plastic In Breakthrough New Discovery

Source: Media Monarchy
March 15, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Unilever settles Indian compensation case after viral video success; Newly discovered bacteria can eat the most common type of plastic; and Oregon’s labeling law the latest in ongoing GM salmon saga.

Notes/Links:

Story #1: Unilever to Pay Ex-Workers Compensation After Viral Video Success
https://twitter.com/mammique/status/7…

NWNW Flashback: Indian Rapper ‘Overwhelmed’ by Success of Protest Song Against Unilever (Aug 2015)
http://mediamonarchy.com/2015/08/nwnw…

Story #2: Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Plastic
https://twitter.com/vulgarianscroll/s…

“A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)”
http://science.sciencemag.org/content…

Story #3: Oregon Passes Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill for Transgenic Salmon 🍣🐟
https://twitter.com/mediamonarchy/sta…

The Status of Genetically Modified Salmon
http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-f…

#GoodNewsNextWeek Headlines: Big Pharma Frightened After New Study Shows Cannabis is a Highly Effective Antidepressant 🌴💊
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Bill Passes to Allow Medical Marijuana Oil in Virginia
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Another #GoodNewsNextWeek Miracle! 🌴 Taxes Generated By Colorado’s $1 Billion Pot Industry Keeping Some Towns Solvent
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The Paralysed Man Who Can Ride a Bike
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