J. Andrews, Publisher
TheDogPlace.org November 2010
Genetically altered products
slowly erode animal and human health, decoding DNA and interfering with
Built-in poison, non-reproductive code and other
protection against insects, wildlife (and food crop competitors) trickle
down into human and pet foods.
salmon grow twice as fast as wild salmon. Instead of taking 3 years to
mature, the monster fish reaches maturity at 17 months and feeds a
family of ten! Read and decide if risking human DNA to feed the world is
a good thing.
The accelerated growth is achieved by injecting a growth gene from the
Pacific Chinook salmon and genetic material from a large, eel-like fish
into the fertilized eggs of Atlantic salmon.
The recombined DNA in the
salmon’s cells force winter growth (like the eel-fish) instead of only
in the summer (like salmon). The result is a grotesquely large,
genetically engineered Frakenfish ready for your plate in half the time.
The Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee evaluates veterinary
pharmaceuticals and had this to say about genetically engineered
Atlantic salmon, "rDNA construct meets the definition of a 'drug'
under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act". The VMAC explains
that’s "intended to alter the structure or function of the body of
man or animal."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began hearings on GMO salmon in
Sept. 2010 but given what you are about to learn, we can assume that is
just a sham-wow show. As to the risk of transgenic contamination with
wild salmon, AquaBounty Technologies says the fish of the future are
“generally” sterile, the result of yet another genetic alteration called
“triploidy”. That genetic modification is in itself, frightening because
it causes sterility by preventing gonadal development. The fish factory
says triploidy eliminates any possibility of the GMO salmon breeding to
each other and prevents cross-breeding with other native fishes. To its
credit, the FDA has expressed concern that up to 5% of the genetically
engineered salmon eggs may still be fertile. Not to worry, the company
will protect its invention by raising the fish in safely contained,
inland systems, otherwise known as fish farming.
But if any were to escape… environmentalists say the GMO salmon could
wipe out real salmon by eating the fry and cross-mating with adults.
Facts About Farm-raised Fish
Farming genetically modified salmon will help to feed a huge population
that loves seafood and that supports hungry food producers!!!
Aquaculture is big business. From oysters farmed in New Zealand to trout
and catfish in the U.S. and tilapia in Asia, millions of tons of fish
are farm raised for human consumption. By the way, the genetically
altered supermale Indonesian Tilapia (GESIT) is engineered to hatch eggs
that will produce 98% - 100% male tilapia so salmon isn't the
first “approved” genetic creation allowed on American tables.
Shrimp are probably one of China’s biggest food exports, along with the
millions of chickens suspended over the shrimp ponds so that their
excrement feeds the shrimp… Look up production methods and you’ll stick
to Gulf shrimp instead of worrying about seafood from our oil and
chemically contaminated Gulf Of Mexico.
When you think about it, genetically created, farm-raised salmon make
Chinese shrimp seem palatable. If approved, and it will be, AquAdvantage®
Salmon will be the first FDA approved transgenic or genetically engineered
animal to be approved for human consumption. That’s a major step forward
in scientifically engineered evolution only because it seems to indicate
governmental acceptance of what was once hidden from the public.
“Wild Caught” fish are always a better choice than farm raised, even
with the potentially higher mercury risk and more costly price tag. You
will be amazed to learn (below) why distributors can say “wild caught”
but not label fish as genetically modified. We hope you are now better
equipped to make purchase decisions. Fish is an excellent high protein,
low fat food but you might want to consider herring and sardines, both
of which are wild caught and relatively mercury-free due to their
shorter life span.
It’s a toss-up between pork and poultry for second place in the list of
genetically engineered FDA animals but salmon will open the floodgates,
pun intended. Other organizations have been working to develop
genetically modified animals, such as the University of Guelph's "Enviropig"
which more easily digests plant phosphorous, thus excreting less of it
into the environment.
Modified Corn Turns Deadly?
More thought-provoking than GMO pigs, in April of 2010, the
European Union Times
released a report prepared by the
Russian Academy of
Medical and Technical Science. The horror story was about a “mysterious
die-off” in the U.S. that has killed over two million people since
erupting in Iowa 2008.
The fatal lung disease is believed to be the result of a “crossover”
plant disease from genetically modified grains and foods with corn being
the prime suspect. Haven’t heard about it? The news media suppressed the
story to prevent panic but the Russians are smirking at a double irony;
Iowa is among the largest corn producers in the world and 36 people were
infected at a Lung Association event held at the Iowa Governors Mansion.
Now there’s one for conspiracy theorists!
Tragically, scientists already knew that genetically modified foods can
be deadly. L-trypophan, a common dietary supplement that killed 37
Americans before the FDA recalled it in 1989. L-trypophan also
permanently disabled or afflicted more than 5,000 people with a painful
blood disorder. Showa Denko, one of Japan's largest chemical companies,
used the genetically engineered bacteria and paid out over $2 billion in
damages. You can understand why deaths from genetically engineered
pharmaceuticals and foods are kept under wraps.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to microbiologists. Genetic modification
is used to make food crops resistant to pests. Scientists even created a
type of corn that is fatal to the pests that normally feed on it.
Microbiologists around the world warn that such genetic manipulation can
increase the levels of natural plant toxins, thus increasing the
allergens in foods and mutating into new toxins. There is valid concern
that genetically altered crops can change the DNA of the people and
animals that consume it, switching on genes that produce poisons. Let’s
hope the Russians don’t catch on to that.
This is not meant to frighten you. You do however need to know what you
may be eating so that you have some control over it; for yourself, your
family, and yes, for your dogs. Here is why you need not bother avoiding
corn on the cob.
This year Bloomberg headlines read “Genetically Modified Corn
Polluting Streams, Rivers and Lakes With Insecticides”.
No “Genetically Modified” Label On
FDA can be ridiculously contrary about labeling requirements but not
when it comes to the agriculture giants. If you think the FDA is going
to warn you which foods have been genetically modified,
altered or created from scratch, think again.
A decade ago, small dairy farmers rebelled against the use of
Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH). They gave in
or gave up, leveraged by the mega-milk producers. Just so you know, in
January 2010, the FDA again refused to require labeling of milk derived
from the use of genetically modified hormones in cattle.
In a show of support for recombinant BGH, the University of
Wisconsin-Madison continues to serve genetically modified dairy products
with no warning labels to students and teachers.
The Washington Post reports there is no FDA labeling stating a product
is free of genetic modification because the FDA will not allow
food producers to make that claim. Why? FDA doesn’t want to confuse
consumers and of course there’s the matter of defining whether something
is a food, drug, or product. The Post‘s Lyndsey Layton notes that FDA “won’t
let conventional food makers trumpet the fact that their products don’t
contain genetically modified ingredients.” So how will you know
what’s on your plate? With no strong regulatory restraints or FDA
labeling requirements, bio-engineers have been creating a plethora of
genetically engineered "Frankenfoods".
Sure, freaky foods like grotesque salmon and killer corn will
feed a lot of people. That is crucial because while Americans practice
birth control from adolescence to menopause, other ethnicities are
racing to outnumber us - and they are succeeding. Therefore, at the risk
of being politically impolite, and with a planet incapable of supporting
the explosion of humans, perhaps we should send such genetically
modified super foods to those countries?
What can you do to protect your family? Get politically involved.
Click to send this to your state senator and newspapers. Forget “humanitarian interests” and
demand that your government protect YOU instead of other interests and
that it do so NOW!
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