Tell your grocer: Boycott GMO salmon
AquAdvantage by AquaBounty could become the first brand of genetically modified (GMO) frankenfish coming to your grocery’s seafood case - but opposition from supermarket chains could help us stop it.
Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have already agreed to boycott the fish, but none of the other supermarket chains like Kroger, Safeway, Target, and Walmart -- which account for the vast majority of supermarkets under various brands -- has commented yet.
Tell national supermarket chains: No frankenfish for me. Join the campaign for GMO-free seafood and refuse to sell genetically engineered salmon.
AquaBounty's frankenfish is an Atlantic salmon, spliced with genes from an eel pout and growth hormone from a Chinook salmon. The result is a salmon that produces growth hormone year-round and grows twice as fast.
The fish hasn't been proven safe for humans. But the FDA may approve it based on a limited, flawed, and inadequate study — despite the fact that the same study identified elevated allergy-causing potential,1 and elevated levels of the IGF-1 growth hormone, which is linked to colon, prostate and breast cancers. Clearly more study is needed to determine possible dangers to our health and other wildlife posed of GMO salmon.2
These lab-created salmon to would pose a serious risk to wild salmon populations if they escaped into the wild, as they consume five-times more food than wild salmon, and are more aggressive. Introducing these traits into the wild population would be serious — and irreversible.3
Separate from any risks, GMO salmon are less healthy to eat — producing less of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventional salmon — and a less efficient food source — requiring 1.5 to 8 kilograms of wild fish to produce one kilogram of conventional farmed salmon.
Your grocer shouldn’t stock these GMO salmon. Tell it to join the campaign against GMO seafood and boycott these fish.
If your grocer agrees to sell these salmon, you’ll have no way of knowing when you’re buying them. Monsanto and other companies have dumped millions into blocking laws that require GMO foods to be labeled,4 so these fish will show up in supermarkets without any indication of their GMO source.
But national grocery chains are sensitive to public pressure, and could agree to stop selling these products if there’s enough public outcry, which could lead people to just buying less salmon overall. Just last year, the top three grocery chains agreed not to sell products containing “pink slime” meat after publicity forced their hand.
Tell national grocery chains that GMO salmon is unacceptable, and they must refuse to stock it.
Thank you for standing up for safe food.
- Michael McCauley, "Consumers Union Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate," Consumers Union, December 21, 12.
- Joe Cummins, "AquAdvantage Salmon Ready for Commerce?" Permaculture News, September 23, 2010.
- "Tell the FDA: No Frankenfish," Organic Consumers Union.
- Stacy Finz, "Prop. 37: Genetic food labels defeated." San Francisco Chronicle, November 7, 2012.
- Ian Simpson, "Kroger joins rival grocers in rejecting 'pink slime' beef." Reuters, March 22, 2012.