By Leah Zerbe
65 percent of Americans do not want to eat genetically modified foods, but the FDA has said it will not allow labeling of GE salmon. FDA has also evaded the Environmental Protection Act. According to a new report by Food & Water Watch, biotechnology firms spent more than a half a billion dollars lobbying Congress during the last decade, writes Leah Zerbe.
With a new survey showing that the majority of the American public do not want to eat genetically engineered (GE) food, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to potentially approve GE salmon as early as next Tuesday, after an extended public comment period ends. If the highly criticized, industry-funded study the FDA is relying on to make a decision is in fact enough to push this fast-growing, ravenous, genetically manipulated fish through the approval process, there’s more bad news for the 65 percent of Americans who do not want to eat it. The FDA has said it will not allow labeling of GE salmon if approved, meaning consumers will have no idea what they’re eating.
So why is the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption being considered if there’s no American demand for it? A new analysis from the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch points to the tidal wave of money the biotech industry throws at the U.S. government in hopes of support for approval of genetically engineered produce and animals.
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