Target: Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell
Goal: Applaud the efforts to push the labeling of GMO salmon.
The sale of GMO salmon will not be permitted without proper labeling. This decision has been reached thanks to Congress and petitions like Force Change’s Keep GMO Salmon ‘Frankenfish’ Off Our Plates. The requirement for GMO salmon labeling is an important step in combating shady approval processes and protecting consumers’ right to know what food they are eating.
GMO salmon is the first GMO animal to enter our food system. Just last month, the FDA approved GMO salmon as safe for consumption, despite reaching this decision after only a few studies had been conducted by AquaBounty (the producers of the GMO salmon). The FDA also did not require the Frankenfish, as it is colloquially known, to be labeled, despite that fact that over 90 percent of Americans want GMO foods labeled. An outraged public flooded members of Congress’ inboxes and answering machines with demands that the GMO salmon be labeled.
Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell contributed her outrage as well, stating, “The FDA’s genetically engineered salmon decision is bad for consumers and potentially bad for our environment…If the FDA doesn’t reverse its decision, it’s critical the agency develop clear and transparent labeling requirements for genetically engineered salmon.” Maria Cantwell is from Washington, a state famous for its salmon. Cantwell says that “consumers have a right to know whether they are buying Washington’s world-class wild salmon or Frankenfish engineered in a lab.” Cantwell has been fighting against GMO salmon for years, and her public statements against the Frankenfish helped push the ban to sell unlabeled GMO salmon.
The federal spending bill that contains this label requirement suggests that the FDA must stop AquaBounty from selling their salmon until labeling guidelines are thoroughly constructed, and spend nothing less than $15,000 in creating such guidelines. While we don’t know when we might have to keep a look out for this GMO salmon, we can rest assured that we at least maintain the right to know what we’re eating.
Dear Maria Cantwell,
Your unwavering stance on GMO salmon is commendable, as is your contribution to the efforts to require GMO salmon to be labeled. Thanks to your support, Congress has just agreed to require this labelling, and pressure is being placed on the FDA and AquaBounty to create thorough and appropriate labeling guidelines.
GMO salmon is both a risk to our health and the health of our environment. By pressuring the producers and approvers of GMO salmon to follow stricter procedures, we are taking steps together to ensure more transparent policies, safer food and safer environments.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: J Armstrong/U of Washinton