By Betty Krawczyk
Pacific Free Press
BC policy makers seem as entranced with the hormones that cause food to grow fast and fat as the Chinese farmers are whose watermelons have recently exploded from over-enthusiastic applications. Especially the BC Liberal Government is entranced with these hormones.
Our provincial government, along with all three of our universities and in close cooperation with our Department of Fisheries and Oceans, are in the process of totally changing the hormonal composition of our salmon. From the sex changing of males into females for fish farm pens to stocking our lakes and coastal waters with these hormonally disturbed fish without telling the public, industrial use of sex hormones has actually become the norm.
These hormonally-changed fish also go through a process (artificial female triploidy) which makes them sterile. Usually. By never going through sexual maturation the salmon grow faster and fatter. But some few will remain able to mate with wild fish in our waterways, thus creating a veritable nightmare of increasing numbers of fish in the wild with screwed up hormonal compositions.<
Much of this sex hormone manipulation of BC salmon emanates from the work of Dr. Edward M. Donaldson, DFO, Professor Emeritus, and UVIC adjutant professor. So what, you might ask? Doesn’t Dr. Donaldson have a right to do this?
No. Not in secret, and not on our dime. Dr. Donaldson should have been drawing his salary from the fish farms instead of from us. And who are our publically funded universities serving? The public? Or private corporations like AquaBounty?
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