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If the FDA approves and labels genetically engineered salmon, and verifies it is safe for human health, would you eat it?


Yes, it will make healthy salmon more affordable
13% (116 votes)
No, we have too many genetically altered foods already
84% (759 votes)
Other, I'll explain in the comments
3% (31 votes)
Total votes: 906
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72 comments

Anonymous wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Just because it is

Just because it is technically still salmon, doesn't make it healthy! The risks posed by eating genetically altered "Frankenfoods" far outweigh the cost benefits. It also sends a message that says we're o.k. with our government's support of this very frightening practice. Other countries have already banned GMO's, why are we promoting it?
I understand that money is a huge issue in decided which foods to buy, but there are other ways.
I always buy the real deal, I just buy less of it. Or I splurge on that one item, and make the rest of the meal with low cost whole grains, and whatever organic veggies are on sale, and in season.
I would rather spend a little more for food that I can feel good about eating, and find ways to save money in some other area of my budget.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

No, I won't eat genetically

No, I won't eat genetically engineered salmon for many reasons, not the least of which is the potential for conflict of interest in the FDA's assertions. The company pushing this product has provided the data that the FDA is using. There is not an independent body determining the safety of GE salmon, or challenging the assertions of the company. Also, I would like full disclosure and transparency re: any political contributions or lobbying deployed in favor of FDA approval. Until all the procedural issues are clarified, I definitely will not touch this product. Finally, I would like the US to adopt the stance of the good of the citizenry first and foremost, rather than the good of the company. ie: why don't food corporations have to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, food safety, before releasing products into the environment, as is the practice in Europe. Here, we have to prove a product is unsafe to get the EPA and FDA to legislate in favor of consumers. And what about testing for a confluence of pollutants and chemicals, and now genetically engineered food? Anonymous

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Don't like salmon--wouldn't

Don't like salmon--wouldn't eat it if you paid me.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Why is it necessary to

Why is it necessary to modifiy what God gave us? I would not trust anything that the humans create. I want naturally created foods.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I don't think the fact that

I don't think the fact that we can do it means we should do it. To me, the FDA is an organization of suspicion; one would hope the FDA would be unplagued by drug companies knocking at its doors trying to affect outcomes that will benefit them for years and years. The FDA needs to be tough! And I readily admit that I am unschooled concerning this issue. And yet, I remember when certain drugs were being recalled because these drugs caused deaths and or other dangerous symtoms in the public arena. Thus, it is of great importance that we all be cautious and questioning when offered "new stuff".

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Only when hell freezes over

Only when hell freezes over ---- what isn't made naturally by my LORD I do not want near me!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

No, there are other

No, there are other components involved other than the fact that there are more than enough altered foods already that have been proven unhealthy in comparison to the real thing in addition there's also the environmental factor where the notion of the fish's habitat and the impact on our natural environment (i.e.: where will the live and the breeding of) and the long term dietary effects of having such genetically altered foods ingested over an extended period of time.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

The FDA's reputation for

The FDA's reputation for honesty and for reliable unbiased healthy information to the public is less than stellar. The issues need to not be about money and is about health

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Not only no--but H-E-double

Not only no--but H-E-double hockey sticks, NO!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Label gmo foods!!!! Let's

Label gmo foods!!!! Let's just keep them out of supermarkets all together!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

No one is forcing you to buy

No one is forcing you to buy it! It is an option for those who want it.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

So everyone who voted no is

So everyone who voted no is rich enough to buy wild salmon all the time?

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

No! It's dangerous and they

No! It's dangerous and they have messed up so much of our food already. Years latr, we find that the 'safe' food experiments weren't safe after all, at such huge expense to our health and well being!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

NO food should be genetically

NO food should be genetically altered! Organic foods are the best for you!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Need more information about

Need more information about what the genetic engineered changes are and how the FDA verified it was safe before I would eat it.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I can see it in the Stop and

I can see it in the Stop and Shop seafood case right now!
Porked up
Farm-Fresh
SALMON
$15.99 lb

Yuk!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

NO NO AND NO AGAIN! If we

NO NO AND NO AGAIN! If we were intended to eat GE food, nature would have provided it.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

History shows that human

History shows that human "diverted" species destroy all habitats they "escape" into. These giant salmon will be no different. Time will prove this a mistake but it will be too late for the "lost" species that are forced out of existance. Commercial collateral damage. Of course, when the results become apparent after a few years the reaction will be, "Gee, I wonder how that happened."

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I voted no because I feel

I voted no because I feel that we have too many chemicals in our food already. I hate this idea! But the truth is, I don't eat salmon at all. Not a fish/seafood person.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

not a chance! GMO foods are

not a chance! GMO foods are NOT safe and i am wondering when they are going to stop this nonsense...it's very, very sad

 
xgravitygirlx wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I'm beyond trusting the FDA

I'm beyond trusting the FDA these days. They permit hormone, anti-biotic filled animals to be slaughtered and consumed. And people actually do research on why our girls are developing breasts when they're like 7 years old.

Nothing is safe anymore. It's scary.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I wouldn't eat anything that

I wouldn't eat anything that I knew was genetically modified. I don't trust the FDA, I think too many of the people that work there are too close to the big food and drug manufacturers. I also don't think anyone really knows what the future will be for genetically altered food. And I eat mostly organic for that reason and to eliminate the worst pesticides from my diet.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

There are so many unanswered

There are so many unanswered questions with the genetically engineered salmon - not just personal health questions, but environmental as well! (1) The company has not demonstrated that they can control their "sterilization" program so that fish can't inadvertantly reproduce. UV and chemical sterilization are NOT 100% effective. (2) The company has not adequately demonstrated that they can control escapement if they grow the fish in seawater pens in the ocean, (3) The company has no plan to deal with escapement should it occur, (4) No one knows what effect the genetic modifications will have on the people or animals who eat the genetically modified fish. They've modified the Growth Hormone complex...., (5) No one knows what effect escaped fish will have on the long term ecology of salmon in the oceans. Will they reproduce and affect existing species? Will they affect endangered salmon populations? Will they eat all the forage and edge out other species that eat similar forage? The FDA is not equipped to answer many of these questions, let alone the long-term health effects of genetically-modified salmon. I'm staying VERY FAR AWAY from this food if it gets approved.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

They don't know enough to

They don't know enough to determine it's safety. It should undergo years of trials and long term study before approval. Problems have already risen from GMO crops affecting animal life and other plant life. Salmon is a hot commodity, over fished, and this is about profit. Don't eat altered fish and they will see that our health and right to choose out weighs the importance of their profits.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I believe in informed choice.

I believe in informed choice. If I don't have access to the information, I can't make such a choice. The FDA should make such labels a requirement and let the consumers decide.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I'd rather eat less salmon

I'd rather eat less salmon than something we still know very little about.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

God created this planet and

God created this planet and the food we needed to sustain life. He did not add GMO`s and neither should we! How many times have we as a society created something we thought was better than its natural counter part only to find that it wasn't, or that it had a whole list of unheathy(un natural) side effects (artificial sugars come to mind). More times than not, most of us/I end up going back to the natural one anyway. I say leave things alone. There is, and should only be One Creator for a reason, that's my opinion.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I do not eat any kind of fish

I do not eat any kind of fish except for tuna fish chicken of the sea in cans

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

We as human beings have been

We as human beings have been selectively breeding animals and plants since prehistoric times. Did you not study Gregor Mendel in grade school? Genes are blended anytime two species reproduce. Even if they are the same species. Genetic engineering could have happened in nature if the species evolved in the same path. Did you study Charles Darwin?

I do not see this salmon as having toxins added to it? You could eat natural occurring salmon from highly polluted waters. Life is full of choices, if you choose not to eat it then don't. And referring to the genetically engineered salmon as "Frankensalmon", written by Lisa Gosselin of EatingWell is nothing more than news sensationalism. What are her credentials, anyone can have an opinion? My degree is in Food Science, just like those at the FDA.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I think that the government

I think that the government should promote consumers to consume other fish so that the salmon population is not depleted. Cook books focus on tuna and salmon and there a hundreds of other sustainable fish that are healthy and affordable. Why do we need to create a fish that does not exist when the waters are teaming with wild fish.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

FDA is not on your side,

FDA is not on your side, There on the $$$$$ side, wake up We the people.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I don't think I'll eat it.

I don't think I'll eat it. Haven't had enough problem already with our food in this country?

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I don't think I'll eat it.

I don't think I'll eat it. Haven't had already enough problem with our food in this country?

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I only eat wild salmon in the

I only eat wild salmon in the first place. Farm raised salmon looks prettier, but is not as healthy. I don't understand why farm raised salmon can't be done to create the same asthetics as raised in the wild in the first place.

what is this world coming to? We are all sick or diseased or whatever because for many years they have put junk into our foods when are they going to stopjj!!!! Years ago we had little illnesses compared to today, but then we did not use all the preservatives, fructose in things that are definitely unnecessary. Foods were more natural in the first place. Now that the FDA has allowed all these companies to put so much junk in our foods we are going back to natural. Wouldn't you know that the "natural" cost more than the doctored junk. Amazing.

Now that everyone in the country has something wrong they are finally starting to listen, or so I thought. Genetically modified Salmon - I DON'T THINK SO - NO WAY, I try not to eat anything I know is genetically modified in the first place.

Really sad! We will all be back to raising our own foods again, and shopping at the butcher shops and fish stores, etc, instead of department witht he hopes of getting healthier foods.

No frankensalmon for me!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

No, I most likely won't eat

No, I most likely won't eat it because I don't necessary trust the FDA. They need to be reformed. Just because they've determined eating genetically engineered food won't kill us, it may have other impacts that need to be researched before I'd consider making it a staple in my diet.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I think it depends on the

I think it depends on the modifications that are made, but it the FDA approves it (though I believe they don't currently approve safety for genetically modified food), then I'd eat it. Bring on Green Revolution 2.0!!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

i'm not sure because i am

i'm not sure because i am trying to be opened minded and try new things to reduce my weight.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

No one knows the long-term

No one knows the long-term effects of genetic modification of food crops. Not the FDA. Not Monsanto, which has blanketed the world with genetically-modified corn, so that even farmers who are trying to grow normal corn have their crops contaminated with wind-blown pollen. We don't know how the organisms, such as bacteria and insects, that prey on genetically-modified corn or salmon or potatoes or rice will adapt. We don't know what will happen as artifically-introduced genes jump to other organisms, but we know that they do jump, and that unintended consequences result.
Much, much more research needs to be done in the confines of laboritories before we know what is safe and what could be catastrophic. ecosystems

You or I might choose not to buy genetically-modified salmon, but that doesn't mean that the two environments in which salmon hatch and return to breed (rivers and streams) and in which they spend their adult lives (oceans) will not be forever altered by the introduction of foreign genetic material.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I don't trust the FDA farther

I don't trust the FDA farther than I could throw an elephant!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

BUT.......the govt will not

BUT.......the govt will not label any genetically altered foods. Other countries including England enforce the labeling of genetically modified foods. Then the consumer has the choice whether to buy or not. Why doesn't our gov't give us a choice????????? Genetically enginerred foods are already on the market here---if you don't believe it ask any farmer who grows corn or soybeans. The seeds are engineered to resist Round-Up pesticides. Almost all corn and soybeans grown in the US use these seeds already!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I really can't trust what

I really can't trust what happens when people change an already perfect food into something modified. Count me out!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

You've heard the saying "You

You've heard the saying "You are what you eat". Need I say more. We already drink growth hormones in our milk supply, antibiotics in meat and eggs, etc. All the food industry seems to care about is money. Don't they see the "long term" affects? Or, maybe they just don't care.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

We alter too much of our food

We alter too much of our food stock with out careful consideration and testing. Rush, rush into something new, that biologically we don't need to tinker with.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I won't eat it for the same

I won't eat it for the same reason I don't eat other processed food-like substances, because I think the God who made us also made the food required to sustain us. I believe that to eat a variety of real food is the best way to stay healthy.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

How do we know that these

How do we know that these genetically engineered products are really, truly safe? Just because the scientists and/or the governments say so?

How will it affect the bodies and minds of children many years down the road? Will their brains be affected, or their reproductive systems, or will some new disease appear?

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I would like to know what the

I would like to know what the long lasting affects of eating genetically engineered food would have on our health in the long run. To me it wouldn't be worth the risk until more studies have been done. I love fish and I know we are depleting our oceans by over fishing, but I just don't think it is safe to eat this fish, yet.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I am not sure. I have no

I am not sure. I have no fear of Frankenfood at this time. so I guess it depends on appearance and flavor

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Genentically altering fish or

Genentically altering fish or any other species is fraught with possibilites that they wil escape and endanger natural species it has happened...the Meditteranean is a perfext example of that.
We need to res-seed the oceans by breeding species that we fish in intnsive sea farms and then letting
them re-populate. Of course it is almost too late for this greed andavarice of man kind has virtually destroyed
vast amounts of sealife and their habiat already.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I would never want to eat

I would never want to eat genetically modified foods, although I am sure I already have. :( Even if GE salmon was the only food item that was modified or whether there were millions of GE products, I am vehemently against the concept of tampering with our foods and changing the genetic structure of them! Besides, just because the FDA approves of anything does not guarantee that it is safe. (This has been proven countless number of times, including with prescription drugs.) This organization does not do what it should and members of this organization have ties with processed food and pharmaceutical companies, so the FDA will not usually disseminate accurate and non-biased infomation about what is in our food and drugs!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I think there are too many

I think there are too many altered foods already that is why there is so much CANCER of late and why it doesn't go away. The food we eat is so full of chemicals, years ago you hardly heard of cancer let alone all these other deseases, I think it is all the chemicals they inject in animals to make them more meaty and so you can process them quicker, and the spraying of our green veggies, stuff just isn't safe to eat anymore. I grow my own veg. and kill my own meat so I am hoping that will help me and my family from cancer and other deseases. That is my opinion.

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